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Language learning tips and tricks


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Some tips and tricks on learning foreign languages (with some examples and resources for learning English and German).

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Language learning tips and tricks

  1. 1. 7 Language Learning Tips and Tricks
  2. 2. Disclaimer: no tips or tricks, no matter how awesome they are, will get you speaking a foreign language like your mother tongue after studying it for a couple of months. The good news is learning a foreign language is SO much fun you will not want it to stop once you've started.
  3. 3. Tip # 1 Choose a good and fun study book These usually come with audio materials, a workbook and additional materials available online. If you study English, there are loads of books available from the Oxford and Cambridge universities, for example. For German, Hüber is a well-known publisher.
  4. 4. Tricks Whatever book you choose, make sure it is suitable for your level (elementary, intermediate, advanced), your purpose of learning the language (business, tourism, passing IELTS, etc.) and that the book is fun!
  5. 5. Study books are a great basis for your language learning as they have all four language skills covered, i.e. reading, writing, listening and speaking, and each study unit has a specific topic, for example, travelling, which helps you build your vocabulary in an organised way.
  6. 6. Tip # 2 Get a good self-study grammar book Grammar is language skeleton, so do not ignore it. Studying grammar rules and doing grammar exercises is a great shortcut to understanding how language works, so it would be silly not to use it and rely only on your observations of the language.
  7. 7. Tricks Grammar does not have to be boring! Short clear rules and lots of exercises featuring everyday situations! For studying English the popular classics is 'English Grammar in Use' by Raymond Murphy and for studying German 'EM Übungsgrammatik' is a very good (and fun!) book.
  8. 8. If you fancy throwing some rhythm and a bit of performance into your English grammar study, discover Jazz Chants by Carolyn Graham. Or, create your own in any language you study!
  9. 9. Tip # 3 Get some fiction books you would love to read Writers create fiction reality in its every detail through language alone (no video or audio to help out!), so reading helps you acquire all necessary and even detailed vocabulary.
  10. 10. Tricks Make sure these books are not too difficult for you to read, i.e. only about 5% of all the words are unknown. The idea here is to read as much as possible, to let words and phrases flow around you, to immerse yourself in the language you are learning.
  11. 11. Look up and learn a new word if it's a key word and you cannot understand what's going on without knowing it; you have come across it several times and would like to know what it means. These words will be easy to learn as you will recall the context in which they were used.
  12. 12. Tip # 4 Choose some non-fiction read including newspapers Reading them will make sure your target language vocabulary is varied.
  13. 13. Tricks Choose articles and books that will educate you for your particular needs, be it your career or hobby.
  14. 14. Career Change is the key word today, so you need to keep upgrading your knowledge pro-actively before reality forces you to do it.
  15. 15. Hobby If you are crazy about cooking, you can discover new recipes in the language you are learning. DIY fan? Check out You Tube 'how to' videos in you target language.
  16. 16. News If you read papers or watch news at your coffee breaks, why not reading or watching them in the language you are learning? It’s so easy with news websites (e.g. BBC, CNN) and newspapers available online.
  17. 17. Tip # 5 Choose some movies, TV series and comedy shows you would love to watch If you want to understand what's being said in your target language, just practise listening to it being spoken! Movies and comedy shows are fun too!
  18. 18. Tricks Make sure the movies, TV series and comedy shows you choose have subtitles which can be switched off.
  19. 19. Subtitles are useful if you don't understand much because of the accent or speed; at the start of the movies or shows when you are still tuning your ear to the cast; for capturing words and phrases you don't know at the moment but would love to learn and use yourself.
  20. 20. Tip # 6 Get some of your favourite songs with lyrics It is good for your language acquisition as rhythm, rhyme and melody help you retain words, phrases and even whole sentences in your memory.
  21. 21. Tricks You will most definitely need lyrics for the songs you love and would like to sing yourself. These can be found easily on the Internet. Otherwise you might end up singing something completely different from the original text!
  22. 22. Make sure you truly understand the meaning of the lyrics, if you are inserting famous quotes here and there. For example, don't tell your macho mates that you 'gotta kiss yourself you are so pretty' just because Bruno's song is so damn catchy!
  23. 23. Tip # 7 Find a language partner. Yep, let's communicate! After all this is the main purpose of speaking any language, isn't it? So, let the real challenge begin!
  24. 24. Tricks Your language partner needs to have a good level of your target language or, ideally, be a native speaker. There are websites connecting people who want to learn languages in tandem. For example, while you practise German, your German language partner masters their French, i.e. your native language.
  25. 25. Ideally you need to practise all three forms of communication with your language partner: by email; instant messaging; speaking.
  26. 26. With emails effectively it is writing that you will be practising. In contrast to emailing, exchanging instant messages often happens in real time, so speed and brevity are vital here. Speaking is completely different and the most difficult, so first you might want to practise speaking to yourself.
  27. 27. And remember: even if learning a language is difficult at times and you don't feel that you are making any progress whatsoever, do not give up! Give yourself time and you will get there in the end. Happy Learning!
  28. 28. Brought to you by a languages study tool for busy adults Organise and learn new words with our spaced repetition tool. Check out ready vocabulary blocks for learners of English. Read online in your target language, look up and learn the words you choose with our free dictionary plugin vocBlocks LookUp: download from Chrome store here. Read our blog for tips, inspiration and language fun here.