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Published December 14th 2013
Learning a new language brings many benefits- it is simply a fabulous skill to have. However, the journey of learning can be gruelling, frustrating and sometimes boring. As a lover of languages and being an Indonesian/French speaker, I have compiled a list of fun ways to learn a language.
1) Learn Like a Child When starting at the beginning, learning like a child can be extremely useful. Reading children's books is a cute and efficient way of picking up new vocabulary and getting the hang of sentence structure. Most local libraries have a section of books in other languages, including novels, magazines and children's. Become best friends with a dictionary too. Once you have progressed to more advanced vocabulary, try moving on to novels!
Songs are also a handy way to learn words.Children's songs are especially helpful for basic things such as numbers, colours and greetings.Catchy tunes and rhyming never fail to help vocab stick in your brain. I found that listening to children's counting songs was the perfect way for me to learn to count in French.
2) Relax- Watch a Movie! Why not take some time out and watch a movie - in another language! Movies are one of the best learning tools for languages. An easy way to start off is by watching a movie you know and love with subtitles on. Some English films may also have the option of the audio being in another language. Watching movies can help with accent and tone. Local libraries will often have a section of foreign DVD's. At one point, I was struggling to pronounce certain words so I immersed myself with my favourite TV show (with French audio). This helped immensely:
3) Speak it! It is often said that the fastest way to learn a language is to speak from day one. Instead of asking innominate objects what their name is, head out to local markets, ethnic neighbourhoods or restaurants and converse with speakers of the language. Most people are proud of their language and will be willing to help you.If this isn't possible there are various websites that allow people to converse online in order to practice their language skills.
Example: www.italki.com (This website allows you to converse with native speakers and learn from tutors.)