The million dollar question, what is the best way to learn a new language? We all have our unique way of learning. I’m not the type of person that depends completely on textbooks, audio, and school.
As for me when I first learned English, I was thinking was there any faster way to polish my English speaking skill and pronunciation? Back then I didn’t have a Wi-Fi connection at my house so I just ended up watching American TV series and movies from television in order to improve and listening to music also helps a lot. These contribute a lot, even right now.
But there is always one problem, though. I consider my English skills (speaking and writing) are in between intermediate and advanced level, but my grammar is stuck somewhere in the intermediate level. Even though I’ve learned English since the primary, there were times where I was like “What did I miss?” (Served me for not paying attention during class 😀 ).
When I speak English, I tend to mix American English and British English, because there are some words that I feel comfortable saying it in British than American and sometimes the opposite. Nowadays, I find British English more appealing, perhaps because of the influence of watching Sherlock and Merlin TV series.
So, here is my method of learning:
Television. There are a lot of TV series and movies that have basic conversations in it.
Music makes it easier to remember and memorize words or sentences that you don’t understand or don’t know the meaning, but you can always find out later what the song is about.
Books – short-story novels are great because it can improve your grammar and writing skill. You’ll come across familiar sentences and wonder why they write it like that when you write it the other way around, so you know where your mistake is.
Even though I’m not an auditory learner, I do, however, enjoy listening to podcasts, which is what I’ve been doing a lot recently.
Flip cards or flashcards with pictures and audio. This is the easiest way to increase your vocabulary and improve your pronunciation.
YouTube. Some Youtube channels cover most of the important aspects of English and other languages such as vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and much more.
Make a conversation with a friend or someone who speaks the language you’re learning. In another word, find yourself an exchange language partner and have a conversation with them. This will definitely help a lot. I’ve listed a few websites that deal with language exchange partners. Scroll up and look at the menu resources – language exchange community.
What to do when you slowly lose your motivation? Find interesting things related to the particular language that will boost back your motivation. Think back to the reason why you decided to learn that particular language. That will put you back on track.
When you begin to struggle at a certain level don’t stop just because it is difficult. Think of it like solving a puzzle. It’s always ok to pause for a while and resume it later than to stop completely.
The most important thing of all is to not let history repeats itself. Avoid the common mistakes made by language learners.
So, what is your method? Share it with us below.