Planning on going for a holiday to a far off land and worried how you will go about the place without knowing its language? Gone are the days when learning a foreign language meant going to a tutor, visiting the library a million times and calling up all and sundry for help. With technology at our disposal, learning a new language has become easier than ever. You can learn Mandarin, Italian or whatever without ever leaving your home! Sounds too good to be true? Read on.
- Watch TV! Yes, that’s a great way to pick up language and diction. Switch on Spanish soap operas or Russian cartoons, and go on a watching spree.
- They say singing songs in a foreign language helps you reduce your accent and also memorize words faster. So play Scandinavian metal or Indian classical and lip sync away.
- Change the language on your phone, Facebook and Google. Just spending a day with foreign language can be frustrating but extremely beneficial for picking up commonly used words.
- Use italki, a website that connects you with hundreds of speakers in a language you want to learn and who are keen on improving their English. You can exchange messages with them free of charge and that we say is crazy good. You can even write notebook entries and get fellow users to correct them for you. It’s a genius tool to say the least.
- There is a fun app called Mindsnacks that has you play cute games and magically pick up words. You can use it to learn Spanish, French, Italian, German, Mandarin and even Portuguese!
- Write and memorize at least 5 words a day along with its meaning. That means you can learn a good 150 words a month! Put those words in practice and you will find yourself fluent in no time.
- Practice reading. Choose a book that you have already read and loved in English that has been translated to the language that you wish to learn. Reading aloud makes your mind get accustomed to the words and helps you drastically when mouthing them.
Now go, when in Rome, speak how the Romans speak!
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