And if you re thinking of traveling or studying abroad, learning a new language is imperative.
Actually speaking a foreign language fluently takes a lot of hard work and practice. Even if you study every day, it can take years to master some languages. Meanwhile, you start to get frustrated at your lack of progress and you want to give up.
There are all kinds of rewards associated with speaking a second language. Not just intangible rewards, like being able to chat with locals when you travel, but psychological and health rewards as well. Studies show that being able to speak a second language may help you multitask and prevent dementia.
So if you want to reap all of the benefits of speaking a second language, how can you continue working on your language skills without getting burnt out? Here are 6 tips to simplify your language learning.
1. Have a Word of the Day.
Trying to learn everything at once and getting overwhelmed by the sheer number of words in your new language can be overwhelming. Sometimes, even if you do learn new words, you forget them quickly because you haven t heard them enough in context.
One way to get around this problem is to keep a few new words in your vocabulary by using them on a daily basis. Since it takes an adult an average of 150 times to learn to use a new word properly, having a Word of the Day or several words can help build your vocabulary.
You can do this one of two ways. One, you can keep a running list of words you d like to learn and designate one to be the word of the day. Or, two, you can wait for new words to come up organically in conversation, and then try to use the new word several times.
有两种方法可以做到。一是把你想学的单词做成单词列表，并指定一个单词为 今日一词 。另一种是你可以等候出现在谈话里的新单词，然后试着用上几次新单词。
2. Speak the language as much as you can .
It goes without saying that the best way to learn how to speak a language is to actually speak it. Reading and studying grammar books will only get you so far.