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Quickly Learn a New Language in 6 Steps

Apr 15, 2008
Learning certain secrets or habits can make it easy to learn a new language. The following six items will help you do this. See these things turn into habits and you will be surprised how fast you will progress and just how more enjoyable it will become for you.

1. Understanding is more important that memory
It doesn't matter if you are using a Pimsleur, Linguaphone or Rosetta Stone language course. You need to study to understand. This is different than just listening to an audio course. As you listen you need to understand the words and meanings of what is being said. Don't move on until you get the understanding of the words in the lesson. After you get this meaning it is time to move on to the next lesson. This may take several times through to begin with.

2. Concentrate on the material at hand
Study at a time and in a place where you can concentrate on your material whether reading or listening. This can differ depending on the person. One person can listen and understand while walking, jogging or driving. Another person may find that he must study alone and in a very private place. Know yourself well enough to know what works best for you and then be sure that you consistently follow the same routine that well give you the best results. Effective study is hard work. Some say that it takes 21 days to develop a new habit. This should be a new habit.

3. Study in time increments that keep you fresh
Many people find that when studying a language a 30 minute time period works the best. You focus so intensely that trying to go for a longer period of time does not work very well. Be sure to keep your study periods to approximately 30 minutes. Then give yourself a rest until the next day.

4. Study each day and every day
Push yourself to keep going. You learn little by little and as time goes on you start to understand your new language and the pieces start fitting together.

5. Use what you have learned
This is a very important step so don't skip this step. You will learn at a much faster rate. Take every chance to say words and phrases to others and try to respond to them. You will never learn to speak a new language by just saying things to yourself. Studying a language is not just reading and memorizing, although it encompasses both. You need to use every chance to speak the language in order to acquire that language.

6. Studying is like your job
With time, effort and attention, you can learn to speak your new language well. You must learn to think like a native speaker, not the person you are. Learning occurs with repeated practice and persistence.

You can do it. Now go out and try!
About the Author
Jim Ada has been working in the language industry for over 15 years and has had years of international business experience. He has seen firsthand the need of learning a new language. Take your language learning to a whole new level. Find the language course that is right for you at www.SpeakALanguage.com. Visit our website to hear a free Pimsleur lesson.
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