Lots of us look at people that speak several languages and immediately assume there’s no way we could ever do that. So, instead we refuse to even try, claiming we’re just not any good at language. Sure, there are people who have a natural gift for picking up other languages, but even without the this natural ability, anyone can learn a new language if they want to. The key to language learning is determination and a real desire to learn. Set a basic foundation of language by learning some basic concepts of that language, and build on it with the help of these two easy, practical tips for fitting language learning into your daily life.
Online language learning applications
There are vast number of available apps and online services out there to help you with your language learning. The mobile application Duolingo is very popular and free. There are also other apps out there, some which simply give you a word of the day. We’re all glued to our smart phones these days anyways, so having reminders sent to you via an app is a great way to make sure that you remember to put a little work in on a daily basis.
Meet ups and language cafes
You might not be able to spend time in the country where your target language is spoken, but most towns or cities that have universities are full of exchange students. Student groups often organise language exchanges or language cafes, which might be language specific or general meetups. If there isn’t anything going on at your local university, try websites like Couchsurfing and Meetup. There are often travelers or new arrivals hoping to make new friends and learn English. Most are happy to meet up so you can spend half your time speaking in English and half in French, Spanish, German or even Korean, whatever language you’re trying to learn. On Meetup, people organise get-togethers based on common interests. If there isn’t already a relevant group out there, go ahead and set one up!
All in all, the key to learning a language little by little is to combine independent learning, easily done through apps, with practising the language with native speakers. This means you’ve got an excuse to get out there and make new friends, having a lot of fun whilst you learn.