Raise your hand if you’d like to know other languages besides the ones you speak already. Are you raising it? I feel you!! I think I have never really realised the power of knowing other languages until I started travelling quite a lot. And trust me, I have never really had a good relationship with learning new languages.
Actually, when I was in primary school since I loved English so much I thought I would love learning languages, then middle school arrived and I had to choose a third language to learn and I took French. Well, let’s say that during those three years I realised that okay, maybe I’m pretty good at English but I’m not talented for being polyglot so I totally abandoned my thought about taking languages studies. Then Uni arrived and due to my itinerant course (to know more about it click here 😉 ) if I want to have a double bachelor I have to take a language so it was like an “Oh, hi again French”. But you know what? The more I travel the more I discover the power of knowing more than one/two languages, not only it’s super useful from a practical point of view but also from a cultural, career and open-minding aspect. So to try to get in peace with my French I tried to find other ways of learning it rather than only going to class at Uni and I thought about sharing it with you, hopefully, they will be useful tips for someone else as well! 🙂
1 | Online classes with Lingoda.com
This one was kind of a revelation for me. Lingoda.com is an online language school that offers you the possibility to set up your language goals and plan a kind of path in order to reach them. It’s literally like going to a school language but while staying at home or in any place you find yourself. They have both private or group classes and you can decide which class to attend based on the hour that fits you better and on the topic you want to improve/learn more about. You’ll have the materials of the class available as soon as you subscribe to that class so you can read or go through the topic previously and then you’ll be guided by a teacher throughout all the lecturer who will correct you and give you bits of advice. The teachers I connected with were all very polite and helpful, always trying to give extra suggestions about how to remember particular rules for example or putting them into a daily conversation context so it is simpler to understand. Homework is also provided and the answers as well so that you can review the class and go through what learnt. I really found Lingoda a very well organised service and perfect for who like me, likes having goals and plans 😉
2 | Join Conversation Meetups
What about helping someone learning a new language, improving the language you’d like to learn more and at the same time meeting new people? Then joining a conversation meet up would be a great opportunity: on one side you’ll help someone learning a language you already know by chatting with them and when the time is ended you’ll start speaking the language YOU would like to learn. You can Google the name of the town/city you are and “conversation meetups” and it will be very easy finding one near you! (Sometimes even Hostels or Pubs host these kinds of evenings 😉 )
3 | Listen to Podcasts
I love listening to music and I listen to it anytime I can during the day: when I walk to Uni, when I blog, when I wash the dishes… well, I decided to switch at least one “music moment” of the day where instead of music I listened to a podcast in French and it really helped with my vocabulary and listening skills! You can find many of them in YouTube or specific website based on the language you’d like to learn 🙂
Overall, I believe what helped me most were the Lingoda.com classes, since I was able to practice both with a teacher and by myself but with guidelines that helped me to see if I was doing it right or not.
Hopefully, these tips will be useful for you as well and do not hesitate to ask me any questions about it in the comments below!
What about you, which are your tips for learning a new language? I’d love to hear from you!