Foreign Language Learning – How to Make It Easy

By OptiLingo

Most people believe that learning another language is difficult. While this is entirely a matter of perspective, it is possible to make it easy for most people, including you. If you have had trouble in the past learning to speak, read, and write in a foreign language, you should try again.

The key to really learning a language is to practice and study every day. If you do this between one and two hours every day, you will be surprised just how quickly you actually pick up the language.

Don’t be lulled into believing you can learn a language quickly. It’s an empty promise that will take you nowhere because speaking a language is a skill. If you don’t practice and keep practicing long after you have learned another language, you will not retain this particular skill.

Breaking Down Easy Language Learning into Four Study Components

To simplify the process, there are four things you should make a part of your daily language studying routine:

  • Listen
  • Repeat
  • Write
  • Translate (from your language into the target language, not vice versa)

If you do these four things daily, you will find that you retain far more than you forget.

Do be careful not to spend too much time studying though. Burnout is just as bad as neglecting to study, and you are more likely to feel frustrated when you don’t see any progress.

Setting the Right Tempo

As with anything you want to learn or do in the long term, you need to be able to pace yourself. If you learn words quickly, remember that you will also need to continue to study what you have learned. If you get complacent with what you have learned, you will forget it when you neglect to use it.

Success is not measured by how quickly you learn, but by how much you retain. When you pace yourself based on how you learn within a structure that meets the way you think, you will succeed. These four study components are absolutely essential if you want to be able to retain what you learn. It will allow you to go for longer periods of time without speaking the language.


Building Your Linguistic Core

Your linguistic core is what helps determine your success later. If your foundation is not well structured and reinforced, you will have a much harder time progressing and retaining the language.

You build the foundation of the language during the first eight months to a year. So it is crucial that you put a lot of time and effort into learning the language during this time.

It needs to be quality time as well. If you are simply squeezing your language learning into a busy schedule, you are not developing a core that is going to work for you. Ensure that you are setting aside at least an hour every day to really learn and reinforce your new information.

Preparing and Training Your Mind

One of the biggest determiners of how successful you will be is how much you prepare and train your brain. You cannot allow distractions and a lack of focus to detract from your studying.

When you are listening, pay attention to the sounds, and absorb them into your mind. Notice the patterns and emphasis to understand the essence of the language. This will help you better understand and create a more natural flow when you start to think and speak in the language. You will find that both listening and reading are considerably easier as you absorb the flow of the language.

What you learn will make more sense if your focus is on your learning. You will be able to learn words more quickly as you develop associations and links. The more words you know, the easier it is to understand and enjoy the different aspects of your target language.