A Beauty Blogger's Top 5 Ways to learn A Language

Aside from beauty and fashion, I'm also hugely passionate about languages and traveling to far and distant places to discover new things and experience new cultures (and food). I started learning french at the age of 11 but it didn't quite stick. Now, at 18, I'm just about fluent at French and starting to learn Spanish, German and even Japanese (thanks to Kill Bill). So, if you're looking to learn a new language, here are my top 5 ways to go about it.
1. Have the basic tools - Even if you're not a book kind of person, I've found it almost impossible to get a basic understanding of the language without dictionaries, grammar books and workbooks. With those tools you can do just about anything from then. 

My tips;

  • Always have a dictionary close by
  • You need at least two notebooks/a notebook app to make notes and write new words you learn along the way. 

2. Stick to what you know - There are thousands of language learning resources all over the internet, but there's no use in sticking to a set program that doesn't suit you. If you learn better reading rather than doing interactive exercises then always stick to you most effective learning method.

My tips;

  • Read magazines in the language you're learning e.g. Vogue Paris
  • Get children's books in that language; it may seem childish, but the language level is basic and extremely helpful to get to grips with understanding full sentences.  

3. Be consistant - If you aren't consistant what you learn won't be very useful much long after. Three or four sessions a week is the perfect balance and if you prefer to do it even more, that certainly won't do you any harm.

My tips;

  • My favourite language learning website, Duolingo, reminds you everyday to log in and get learning. It's free and having tried expensive learning programs like Rosetta Stone, I think it's one of the best out there. 

4. Travel - It may not always be possible, but if you're super passionate about learning a particular language then I highly recommend taking a trip there, even if its only for a few days. The immersion in the culture and native speakers can really motivate you to continue persevering towards fluency and get you used to the different cultures and lifestyles around the world.

My tips;

  • Try speaking to locals and using some basic conversional language to ask for things like in a restaurant or supermarket. 
  • Challenge yourself as much as possible; the more confident you become the easier it is. 

5. Have fun - It's really important to find a learning method you enjoy and get stuck into it. If you don't enjoy the process you're likely to quit before the job is done. If it doesn't put a smile on your face from time to time, its not worth doing at all.

What language(s) do you want to learn? What's your favorite way to study a language?

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