March 1, 2018
Learning a language is hard. Very hard. The world out there is finding it more and more difficult in order to take the time and learn something new.
When it comes to learning a language, the reality is that there are a lot of resources in order to help you to grow. You can look up language learning apps, and find yourself with hundreds, if not thousands, of apps, books, and suggestions about how to make the process of learning a little easier. So below are seven resources in order to help speed up the process of learning a language.
Duolingo is an easy to use, user-friendly website in which you can learn a little of a language each day. You are able to go at your own pace, and even set reminders for those who are quick to forget to study. It offers the ability to learn 31 different languages through one app including Spanish, Irish, Danish, Hebrew, German, French, and more!
Tim Ferris is an ambitious man who strives to learn something new every day and attempts to do things that most people would consider “impossible”. However, Ferris proves that we are more capable of things when we actually attempt them. One adventure he attempted was the ability to learn a language in a short amount of time. He gives you 4 tips in which to take you through the awkward stages of learning a language. He shares how he was able to do it and encourages you to try it. Even if you fail, you can learn something in the process.
With a choice of 30 languages to learn from, you are able to learn a lot from one app. Though it’s not free like Duolingo, it gives you more resources in order to learn a language quicker. It allows you to speak more, which is extremely important. Too many language learners are afraid of messing up, so forcing you to speak on an app is very productive, even if that means you messing up some.
Learning through music can be an effective technic. Lyric Training allows you to listen to songs from the language you are trying to learn, and fill in blanks as you listen. It causes you to get used to the language and understand what they are saying when they are singing.
Similar to Duolingo, Babbel allows you to learn 14 languages for free. In the lessons, you gain the ability to have conversations with a computer and listen to native speakers speak. Babel is extremely persistent about you understanding something. Even once you are “done” a lesson, they bring the information back around so that you are able to learn the information instead of just remembering it.
HelloTalk is an app that allows you to find a native speaker in the language you are trying to learn and have an online conversation with them. The twist? They are allowed to edit your conversations and show you how to improve in your pursuit of this language. It allows you to practically take your knowledge and apply it to a conversation.
Again, Mrmrise is similar to babble and duolingo. Yet, there are different choices you can make in order to focus on the areas that you need improvement in. Whether that be making sentences, listening to native speakers and understanding their words, or even grammar. It’s fit so that you succeed, no matter what that means for you as an individual.
Things to Keep in Mind:
There are some things you need to keep in mind as you venture on this:
- It’s going to take some time: On average, it takes about 500 hours for an individual to fluently learn a language. So, be patient with yourself, you aren’t going to learn this in a matter of days.
- You need to be willing to look stupid: One thing I’ve learned about languages is you aren’t going to say everything perfectly. Even in English, I’ve said the wrong thing, so you’re certainly going to make mistakes… but that’s okay, it’s part of the process.
- Don’t do it alone: Have someone you can bounce ideas off of. Have someone who can challenge you to learn more. Especially if you are a competitive person.
- If possible, immerse yourself: When you surround yourself with a language you will be forced to use it, accelerating the rate at which you learn.
It can be hard to learn a language, but it can be worth it. There are resources in order to make it easier in order to learn, so get started today.