5 Common Language Learning Strategies That Work

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Want to learn a new language? Did you know that part of having superpowers included your ability to speak more than one language?

This is not entirely true but trust me, the mechanism with which our brain is able to translate what we hear into something we understand has always fascinated me.

Coming up is a five step-formula to help you easily learn a language like Akan, Pidgin English or French for instance outside the settings of the classroom.

1. Learn on your own

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Self-study can become boring if you do not know what you are doing. Take movies, I have watched countless of foreign TV content without necessarily understanding a word.

The Akan movie industry “Kumawood” for instance is a steadily growing one. Even though you are not to expect any high-end fiction movies, it could be a great start to enhance your vocabulary if only you could start paying attention to the dialogues.

2. A language learning app

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With the pool of mobile apps, you can be sure of finding innovative ways to learn a language. Most application stores are home to great apps including language-learning applications.

What are you waiting for? Go download them!

3. The power of music

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I do not know about you, but when I love a song, I usually sing the thing without giving a hoot about the lyrics.

In fact, this is the most enjoyable part until it reaches cacophonous levels for anyone standing next to you.

You would want to avoid those embarrassing moments by searching for the lyrics to the song. Rehearse until you can flawlessly sing the entire song word-for-word. Easy language learning tip, right?

4. A friend tutor

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You can always land on a great tutor with minimal efforts. Invite a good friend over a meal or a drink and ask all random questions regarding the language stuff that torment you.

A fruitful outcome will ultimately lead to more dates for you get to discover not only a new language but also a rich culture.

5. Immersion

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My final and favorite strategy is to lookout to more interaction.This is the part where you put into practice all that you have read so far.

Go to places and meet the rest of the world my friend. Talk to locals. Attend literary events, gatherings. Do anything you can to meet new faces.

Surround yourself with the people who master the language you want to learn. Also anticipate some awkwardness and make enough mistakes because this is exactly what great learners go through.

That’s it. Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed this article, let me know in the comments how you managed to learn a new language? What tips and tricks worked for you?

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