Avoid making these mistakes when learning a language

There are many ways to learn a language. That’s the beauty of it! You can tailor it to your lifestyle and learning preferences. Whether you’re someone who likes to spend hours reading or someone who prefers a more on-the-go learning method, languages can suit anyone! However, there are some common mistakes that many people make when trying to learn a new languagel  mistakes that might actually be preventing you from progressing and reaching your goals. I am going to show you 5 mistakes you might be making while learning a language, and ways to prevent these from happening!

1. Inconsistency

No matter if you have a jam-packed work schedule or all the time in the world, consistency is so important when it comes to learning a new language. More often than not people starting up a new language forget this, and their learning becomes sporadic and inconsistent. If you aren’t designating sessions regularly throughout your weekly routine, nothing will stick! It doesn’t mean you have to spend hours every day practicing grammar and memorising vocabulary, nobody really has time for that! Instead, consider spending two hours a week dedicated to improving your language skills.

2. One-sided approach

If you are learning a new language, and expecting to become fluent just by reading in that language, think again! Learning a new language means attacking it from all angles. You need to be reading, writing, listening AND speaking. Pick up a good book, practice writing out some simple phrases. Listen to some foreign radio and sign up for a language session with JabbaJabba! The combination of all of these is a sure-fire way to achieving your linguistic goals.

3. Languages = work?

A common misconception people have about languages is that the process of learning is endless and tedious. But it doesn’t have to be! If you aren’t enjoying the method(s) you are using to learn a language, you are more likely to give up than continue! Find new and fun ways to incorporate language learning into your schedule, be that through hosting foreign movie nights with your friends, or even listening to foreign music on the way to work!

4. Going solo

One mistake you may be making is trying to tackle a language on your own. It is very easy to do your own studying now with the copious amounts of language resources available online, but sometimes it is better to work with others. Sharing the language learning experience with others has been proven to be a very effective learning technique, as you can bounce ideas off each other and correct each other’s grammar etc. Grab a friend and get learning!

5. Stuck in a rut

Something that often happens when learning a new language is that you get stuck on a certain level and can’t seem to progress. This happens to all of us, and it just means that you need to set yourself challenges to ensure that you are progressing in the language. One thing I like to do is every month attempt to read a more challenging novel in a new language. Don’t set yourself goals which you will never be able to achieve, but instead set small, regular language challenges that will push you further in your learning!

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Five things they don’t tell you about your year abroad

A year abroad is exciting, daunting, challenging and, quite frankly life-changing. Whether you are spending a year abroad as part of your university degree, or you have just decided to step outside your comfort zone and try something completely new, a year abroad comes with the same ups and downs as it does for everyone. I have been lucky enough to spend the past year in Paris as part of my degree. Although I have had one of the best years of my life, there are several things that I learnt about living abroad which people don’t really tell you before. I am now going to share with you five things that are useful to know, which may help you along the way!

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Language Learning Strategies: 5-a-day to supercharge your learning

Language Learning Strategies

Having the right language learning strategies is important if you’re to succeed in getting fluent in another language. That’s because learning a new language can be daunting, time-consuming and it can be difficult to fit easily into our busy schedules. But it doesn’t have to be! I’m going to share with you 5 easy learning routines that you can incorporate into your day-to-day. They should help you on your language-learning adventure! They certainly helped me.

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