Learning a Foreign Language
Learning a Language at Home
Learning a language is a fun and exciting experience, but it takes a lot of patience, dedication and hard work. Luckily for us, there are many fun and effective ways to help us learn whatever language we choose!
The best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it, whether that means by taking a class four days a week and committing yourself to practicing on your own for a couple hours each day, or moving to the country where the language is spoken and living among the native speakers, your mind needs to be constantly engaged with the language in order to acquire it quickly.
The next helpful exercise in mastering a foreign language is to read as often as you can. Go to the library, find a comfortable chair and read through a book of your choice. Be sure to have a dictionary and a pad of paper, so that when you come across a word you don't know you can write it down and practice it later. The more the read in one sitting, the better your language skills will become, until you're a master of the foreign language of your choice!
If you have access to a television channel that is spoken in the foreign language you're trying to learn, then spend some time watching TV! The more you hear and comprehend a language, the more fluent your own use of the language will become. Watch the news in your language, sitcoms, anything that will capture your interest. It's important not to neglect reading, writing and verbal practice of the language, but if you are really committed to becoming fluent, leaving the television on is a great way to increase your overall familiarity with the language, while at the same time perfecting your pronunciation skills.