One of the biggest quandaries faced by Expats when heading to a new country is the language – is it easy to pick up? Will I be able to get by? How do I go about learning?
Here at Expat Explorer, we have put together some top tips on how to learn a language, do let us know if you have any other tips that you found helped you out, always look forward to hearing from you!
1. Be Realistic
Learning a language is difficult, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you aren’t fluent within the week! It take’s years to be completely bilingual, this is the first step on a long road!
2. Try and use it as much as possible
The best way to learn a language is being immersed in it, and trying to use it as much as possible. It can be very daunting at first when you lack confidence, but you will find, if you start using it day to day it becomes much easier, much more quickly. Don’t worry about mistakes, that’s all part of the learning process, and people will help you if you are making the effort.
3. Use the locals!
Keep your eye out for advert in the local paper/shops for mutual tutors. This is where you can teach someone your language, while you learn their language…it’s such a great way of learning, can be free and also means you are making friends!
4. Mini goals
It can be very daunting wondering how you are ever going to start learning a new language, and small achievable goals can help! Set yourself 10 new words a week and make sure you use them everyday, and suddenly you will find you have built up a solid repertoire of words! It all helps you measure your success, which can act as a motivator.
5. Enjoy it!
Although it can be frustrating, learning a new language should be fun, so try never to treat it like a chore! It opens up worlds of opportunity and allows you to truly get involved in other cultures!
Good luck to all those budding linguists out there – do let us know how you are getting on!