Freely Thinking: Learning New Languages

Learning new languages is not an easy task.  If it were an easy task, then everyone would be multilingual.  However, despite the obstacles you can still learn a foreign language.  The key to learning a new language is to get a great learning suite of software, and ensure that you’re making goals towards the usage.  What do you want to do?  What is your end goal?  Then seek out avenues in which you can constructively use the language; you will never own a language unless you are using it.  This is why immersion is usually the best strategy, but oftentimes people cannot apply this in their day to day life.

There are many language learning software suites out there.  But which one is the best?  There’s no straightforward answer here, but from our research we have found that the Rocket Languages program is quite good.  Check out their Rocket Spanish review if you want to really see what’s going on with this software and what pros and cons it has.

The thing is, no matter what language learning program you choose, you will have to organize constructive goals for yourself in order to really learn the language.  According to many linguists, turning the “want” of learning a language into a “need” is the best way to properly and quickly learn a language.  Most people are lazy and will not stick to the task.  If you’re learning at home it’s very, very easy to just put it off and procrastinate, and do things another day in favor of more fun and rewarding activities.  Learning a language is no walk in the park, so you really have to apply yourself.

Some goals that you might want to set yourself: being able to order a sandwich in the language that you want to learn.  Or, being able to converse with a native for at least 20 seconds.

Other language learning strategies that I’ve learned are the goal of communication, NOT grammarian.  You don’t have to be a grammar nazi.  Learn to communicate and be understood, and go back to grammar once you have reached this goal.  When people speak English with broken grammar you don’t really mind – understanding is the key.  So don’t be afraid to make mistakes.