― September has officially started, which means that most of us will be going back to school after a well-deserved summer break.

For some, it is a pleasure, for others, a burden.

Trough September, we will be writing articles for you - our lovely readers - about going back to school. And today, we are looking at how you can prepare yourself for learning a new language this semester.

Personally, I have learned three languages through school, and have therefore gotten quite used to starting from scratch, and learning new rules, phrases and words. In this article, you will find my best tips for learning a new language the quick, fun and easy way. Let's get started!

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ONE: Surround Yourself with the Language

We once did an experiment in my Spanish class: we picked two students with similar grades, inspirations and motivations, who had taken Spanish lessons for no longer than a few months.

One of them got the job to surround themselves with the Spanish language - make a Spanish playlist to listen to between classes, watch Spanish TV-shows before going to bed, and exchange messages with Spanish students. The other was told to study Spanish as much as they could, but only trough textbooks and his own notes from earlier classes.

After two months, they both completed the same grammar and translation test. Then, we compared their results.

The one who had been surrounded by the language did the best, that was clear. The other did well, but had a tendency to use the same words and phrases over and over. His grammar was nearly perfect, but by the time the experiment was done, he had grown tired of Spanish and had lost their motivation to learn more about the language.

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"It is your job to make your studies interesting," the teacher said to them afterward. Her job was to teach them the grammar, and the boring parts of learning the language. It was up to themselves to make them fall in love with the language, and genuinely enjoy the lessons and homework they were given.

When learning a new language, try surrounding yourself with things you love, that has a connection to the language. If you are a fan of the big screen, watch some movies in the language. If you like music, try making a playlist with singers who sing in the language. The possibilities are endless - and are there to motivate and inspire you to learn more.

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TWO: Talk, Talk, Talk

Though that title sounded much like a catchy song title, you should take this tip seriously; it is extremely efficient. It may be awkward, trying to speak to someone native in the language you are trying to learn (especially when the only words you know are "hello", "I am", and "how are you?"), but it will help you more than you would think.

Talking to someone in the language you are learning for no less than half an hour will be more efficient than taking notes and listening to your teacher for three hours. You should feel comfortable around the person, and let them correct your mistakes, and ask you questions.

You may ask yourself how you are going to get in touch with a person that speaks the language you are trying to learn. Luckily, here on We Heart It, there are hundreds of people who will be happy to help you, without anything in return.

Try writing an article where you explain that you want to talk to someone to learn their language, or post a picture of your studies and ask for help. The first conversations will probably be awkward, and you will stumble and fall some times, but in the end, it will all be worth it.

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THREE: Research

Find out what the 100 most used words in the language are. Find out how to pronounce different letters correctly. Read about the language's history.

Watch interviews with celebrities who speak the language. Take notes and notice how they speak. Translate your favorite songs into the language.

Look at memes in the language. Fall down a rabbit hole on Twitter. Watch YouTubers who talk about the language.

We all have different methods of learning, but one thing is sure: You will never regret researching the language you are learning. It will give you a better understanding of it, and prepare you for learning more.

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FOUR: Create Goals for Yourself

Creating small goals for yourself is certainly one of the best ways to motivate yourself into studying harder than ever before. The goals you create do not have to be too big, either. Start by making small goals, such as:

- " By the end of the month, I want to be able to talk about myself in the language for at least thirty seconds. "

- " I want to learn the alphabet within ten days. "

- " Before I go to bed, I shall be able to write three sentences down without using Google Translate. "

When you have completed the goals, celebrate them, and create some new ones. As time goes on, you can start imagining new goals, bigger than the ones you already have. Before you know it, you are at the top of the game.

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We hope you are looking forward to a month of tips, tricks, inspiration, and motivation for the school year! Good luck with your school year, and enjoy your language classes before it is too late.

This article was written by:

malin 🍂
malin 🍂