Lessons are an essential part of learning a language, and no matter what, you will have to take lessons to learn a new language. However, sometimes only taking lessons can become monotonous and paralyze your language learning journey just from your lack of interest. In between lessons you should shake things up a bit and try some new techniques. Below you will find some great complements to your language lessons:
5. Listen to music in the language
Everyone loves music! This is a great way to immerse yourself not only in the language you are learning, but the culture of a country. Spotify and Youtube have a great selection of music you can find in different languages.
4. Translate a simple book in the language
This one is a bit more challenging and could take quite a bit of time. You should take this a chapter at a time and dedicate a journal to translating a book. However, chances are that you might make mistakes. If you know someone that can speak the language, ask them to look it over for you!
3. Label objects around the house in the language
This one is a classic, and another great way to immerse yourself in the language. Not only should you label these objects in that specific language, but you should also try using the language you are learning when referring to them.
2. Change your browser or social media to that language
People spend an immense amount of time on social media. One average, people will spend 135 minutes per day on social media. Put that time to good use and familiarize more with the language you are learning. Below you will find information on how to change these language preferences:
1. Watch a children’s show or cartoon in the language
Another great way to learn more effective language is to watch children shows in the language you are learning. Since they are meant for kids they use basic and direct vocabulary and grammar. A great way to train your ear to the language. Though, watch out with pronunciation at times! For example, some people watch anime (Japanese animation) when they are trying to learn Japanese. However, characters in anime exaggerate sounds and speech that is not normal among Japanese speakers. Imagine if someone tried to speak English exactly like Spongebob Squarepants.