It is believed that a young mind learns languages quickly, but that should not make adults refrain from learning new languages. According to a research project by TED’s Open Language Translation Services project here are some basic tips which can be implemented to master the art of leaning a foreign language.
In the beginning decide on a simple, achievable goal so that you don’t feel overawed. A German translator suggests: “Pick up 50 words of a language and start using them on people — and then slowly start picking up grammar.”
Make language-learning a lifestyle change.
According to another teacher who is in her 27 years of teaching English, in the research conducting has always observed steadiness as what splits the most efficacious students from the others. Learners should try to make a language habit which can be followed no matter what even when you’re tired, sick or madly in love.
Play house with the language.
Learning a new language continuously keeps the brain in practice. The more you include a foreign language into your daily life, the more ones brain will consider it something valuable and worth caring about. According to researcher who is also a Russian translator in the study “Use every opportunity to get exposed to the new language.” Mark every object in your house in the language you are learning, read books written for kids preferably with illustrations, watch subtitled movies and talks, or live-narrate parts of your day to an imaginary foreign friend.
Let technology help you out.
Dmitrochenkova another researcher in the study presents the idea: “A funny thing like resetting the language on your phone can help you learn new words right away”. Or you can look for many options available online for better and structured learning opportunities. Dutch translator suggests; to expertise in grammar it is best to memorizing vocabulary with its “intelligent” flashcards.
Think about language-learning as a gateway to new experiences.
Learning a new language open up to new experiences from “visiting parks, attending shows, enjoying poetry and folk-rock festivals, to learning about photo-essay techniques.” In other words, according to a Spanish researcher and translator it is fun things that he wanted to do anyway, and makes them into a language-learning opportunity. Many translators learn languages by watching undubbed versions of favorite movies, or even by watching favorite cartoons.
Make new friends.
Interacting with new people who speak the language you are trying to learn can be great help. It will teach you to instinctively express your opinions, instead of mentally translating each sentence before you express it. Look for native speakers around you, or you can even search for foreign pen-pals, set up a language forum online, where volunteer participants can help one another practice their respective languages.
Do not worry about making mistakes.
Do not fear about making mistakes while learning a new language. It is one of the most common barriers to conversing in a new language. But native speakers are like doting parents: any attempt from you to communicate in their language is objective proof that you are a gifted genius. They’ll appreciate your effort and even help you. Nervous about holding a conversation with a peer? Try testing your language skills with someone a little younger. “I was stoked when I was chatting with an Italian toddler and realized we had the same level of Italian,” recalls German translator Judith Matz in the research. And be patient. The more you speak, the closer you’ll get to the elusive ideal of “native-like fluency.” And to talking to people your own age.