Six tips for learning a new language

Know where you want to go
Unlike children, adult learners often have clear reasons for language-learning. Try to identify exactly why you want to learn the language as this will help you to plan your learning.

Develop an effective storage system
Learning any language involves learning hundreds of new words: keeping systematic notebooks or computer files will help you store what you have learnt.

Exercise your memory
Our brains are tightly connected networks – making use of these connections will help our learning. Think about where you learnt new words, the images they create in your mind or connections with other words you know to develop your memorisation techniques.

‘Float’ through listening input
Access to the Internet, software and international media mean that we have much more access to sources of listening input than ever before. Try to ‘float’ through this input – do not worry about understanding every word or detail but try to get the main idea.

Maximise your language use
Make maximum use of email and social networking to use the language with native speakers or other students of the language you are learning. If you can interact with native speakers, getting your message across is more important than grammatical accuracy.

Self-regulate but do not stress
Listen to yourself and identify any errors you hear – correct yourself aloud or in your mind. But do not worry too much about making mistakes: being confident and taking risks is an important part of language learning!

Contributed by Andy Keedwell

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10 thoughts on “Six tips for learning a new language

  1. Avinash

    Nice article on tips on learning new language. Learning a new language specially the one different from ones mother tongue is always a challenge. Even adapting to the changing dialects of the language known to you is also a bit tedious to imbibe. the best tip that I could see in the write up is to self regulate. A nice article all in all. Please keep up the good work.


    i think, it is one of the finest articles i read about learning language. well said, mistakes are the part of learning language. people don’t digest this thing that’s why they leave their struggle of learning language. i am a native of rural India and am about to go to England . i never thought to go such a wonderful place. i just followed the content of the article. today you look ! how things are changed in a couple of years .i emailed numerous times to England and didn’t face much problems and now able to watch English movies and read good novels. i love your article and admire you a lot
    thanks a lot

  3. M. R

    I am learningIelts (self study) to teach and earn on training and to be paft of pfofessional trainer for the ckrporate world through the process of Train ghr Trainer s Programmd of yours. I am frkm Mumbai. Please guide step by step process of achieving my goal.

  4. M. R

    Excellently said and is the basics of the language. Please elaborate more with simple examples to understand the foundations of learning any language focusing more towards IELTS LEARNING. I wish you the very best of luck.

  5. Sheetal

    @Shonali Ganguli

    I am learning Japanese. And English is an only intermediate language between me and my instructor. But English is strange language for both of us. How can we manage? Do you have some suggestion?


  6. Martina Cruz

    Its good to read your post about Six tips for learning a new language. I think u have shared a very useful info for beginners who wants to learn a new language. Good Job,..!!


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