"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." - Nelson Mandela
A language is a complex system of sounds and symbols used by humans to communicate. A dialect is officially considered a language when it also includes a script. Commonly, people have knowledge of the language that is spoken in their geographical area, the language spoken at home and the national language which is taught at school. However, with globalization and free economy, the demand has become much more than that. Today, the whole world has become a playground for qualified youngsters; the only hindrance in their path being language. As such, learning a foreign language has become essential. Additionally, learning a foreign language is also necessary if you are doing a research on foreign culture, traveling to a new country or if you like the culture of a particular country. Learning a language is not an easy task and when it comes to learning a foreign language, it itself becomes a Herculean task. However, it isn't impossible and can be mastered with hard work, determination and will power. Also, not at any time of the learning process should the willingness to learn the language get lessened. In the following lines, we have provided ways and tips which when followed religiously can help you learn a foreign language easily.
Learning A Foreign Language
Live With It!
Completely submerge yourself in the language; the more time you will give to the language, the quicker you will be able to master it. Spend maximum time reading, writing, listening and speaking the words and phrases so that you get familiar with them. This way, the next time you come across the words, you wouldn't feel like an alien. The same can however, only happen if you have an interest in learning the language. Learning without determination will take you no where. Even when you are bored and are looking for ways to kick off the boredom, indulge in an activity that teaches you, but in a fun way. For e.g., watch a movie in the foreign language or listen to songs in that language. This way, you would be relaxing yourself as well as learning.
Try Remembering Words and Phrases
Try building up your vocabulary by including a couple of new words every day. Apart from just remembering and understanding the words, try using them in your day to day conversation. Every new word you learn, incorporate the same in your writing or talking to memorize it. In case of verbal communication, don't forget to use the accurate pronunciation of the word. Along with words, also learn the phrases which will help you learn the way to construct sentences. Gradually, you will be able to construct proper sentences using appropriate words.
It's Your Responsibility
Learning a foreign language is itself a big task and if you are not willing to master it or if you are learning it half heartedly, you would gain nothing. Only when you are serious about learning a new language, should you take it up. Never learn a language because of some pressure or because some one else wants you to learn it. Remember, only when you are totally committed and motivated to learn, will you be able to master a language.
Enjoy What You Do
There is a stark difference between learning by will and learning by force. While in case of the former you enjoy each and every moment, in the latter circumstance, you can terminate the learning process at any time. Note that you will face serious problems in learning a foreign language if you don't enjoy learning it. Never be bothered about the things you miss while learning or the things you take a while to understand, as such is the process of learning. Remember, nothing can be gained overnight.
Know Thy Language
While most of the courses provide you with the formal knowledge about a language, this wouldn't be sufficient if you are planning to converse in the language with natives. For the same, it'll be better to equip yourself and get accustomed to the informal words and slang which are mostly used while speaking. For this you can watch foreign language movies. If possible, get the script of the movies and try to speak out loud along the movie. This will make you familiar to the slang and also you will also attain some fluency in the language.
Remember, learning is a never ending process. You can never say you have mastered the language for there is something new to learn every day. Best of luck!