Learning a new language requires dedication, patience and time. Learning a language can become easier if you break it down into smaller, and reasonable goals. If you want to learn a language in one week, that’s impossible. Be realistic and achieve what you can reasonably without burdening yourself in the process.
Let’s look at some things you should know before you learn a language;
1. Ask yourself why you want to learn English. Let’s say, because you want to enjoy the Hollywood movies and read the English novels. These two reasons are valid enough to keep you motivated. Write down a reason on a diary and stick to it to stay motivated.
2. There are many means of learning English. You can join English courses in Singapore, you can opt for a home tutor, learn online through YouTube and so on. Whatever method you decide to choose, just remember that the learning method does not matter, what’s important is how much can you take in.
3. The best way to keep learning is to keep reading. When reading, you are exposed to different vocabulary and new words each day.
4. Having said that, learning new vocab can be a challenging task, however, an easy way out is to learn them in context to texts or situations you come across. This way, the content will always remain with you since you will always connect it to your experience.
5. Learning has no age limit. You can learn a language even after 50 years of age. If you feel demotivated, remember that the early founders of linguistics learnt dozens of languages as adults, to almost encyclopedic levels. I hope that inspired you enough. Learning a language is a systematic and organic process, and as adults, we learn systematically.
6. Keep revising your native language because it is important to master your native language before you try to learn a second language. Being a Native, let’s say German speaker does not mean that you have mastered the language, it simply means you understand it enough. So, once you master your native language and understand how languages work, learning a second language, and in this case, English will come easily to you.
7. Carry a pocket dictionary with you. If you want to make conversation easier for you with others, make sure you use a good dictionary. These days you can even download a dictionary online as well, which is a more portable and convenient alternative. Believe me! It will make your life so much better.
8. Finally, when learning a second language, it is important that you translate it to your native language so that you understand the language better.
Learning a new language is always a fun thing to do. Don’t take it too seriously though, if you are learning a language for fun, take it slow. Don’t rush into it. Give it some time and make sure you join a good and reputable English course in Singapore. One such example is the Skillsfuture English courses offered in Singapore.