There is a famous idiom
‘life is like a foreign language and you cannot understand all of it’.
That underlines how difficult a foreign language would appear in the beginning. Once you learn the language then everything appears simple. At the same time, if you want to learn a foreign language then just learning it in the classroom will not be sufficient. You will have to adopt several approaches so that you learn the language in its right perspective. Some tips are provided in this article to enable you to learn the foreign language of your choice. As you know several experts have suggested various strategies to learn a foreign language. The techniques could be compiled as follows:
The first step in this direction would be to buy the books of the particular foreign language. You can even buy CD or DVD so that in addition to learning the language you can also learn the art of expression. Selecting Flash Cards is yet another popular method where you can learn new words. Flash cards save you from writing the words again and again so as to familiarize the words.
You must review the strategies you are presently using. For example, you might have adopted cognitive learning strategies. You may have to reconsider the strategy and make it metacognitive where you plan and also give appropriate priorities for the strategy. Remember, the strategies mentioned above have several advantages. It is therefore suggested that you must understand the concept in each of these strategies and then adopt the strategy that suits your requirement.
Give special emphasis to the ‘speaking language’. Experts say this would be the first step to master the language. When we say speaking language it also includes the art of expression and the lip movement so that you get the correct expression. One of the suggestions given is to observe lip movements of others so that you would also get used to the expression which helps you to speak the language the way the language is to be spoken.
If any of your friends or relatives are familiar with the language you are now learning, then talk with those friends in the particular language. That gives you enough practice and you would learn the art of speaking fluently. When we speak a foreign language in the beginning we are bound to commit several mistakes. But, you should not worry about the mistakes you have committed; instead request the other party to correct the mistakes in your conversation so that you rectify your mistakes.
Apart from watching others speak, you can also learn the language by watching movies or shows in that particular language that are broadcast over television or radio. Try to memorize the words and its meanings to the extent possible. There could be instances where while speaking with a group you may feel that there is dearth for words. You could even make actions to drive home the point; never mind, people will prompt you with the appropriate words and you can continue.
Remember, the strategy to learn a language is need based. The strategies mentioned here are only illustrative. It is suggested that you carefully evaluate the strategy before you implement it.