How to Learn a New Language for Your Next Adventure
4. Hire a Private Tutor or Go to a Language School
If you don’t like the idea of studying on your own or using the Internet and mobile applications to learn a new language, maybe you should just do what people have been doing for years: pay for a language course.
Unless you’d like to learn a very obscure language, you’ll probably find many language courses available in your city. If you think you’d learn better with a more personal approach, consider hiring a private tutor and having one-on-one lessons.
3. Write in a Journal or Find a Pen Pal
Unlike listening and reading, where you learn a language in a passive way, writing is somewhat akin to speaking as you have to actively process your thoughts before putting them on paper. You’ll slowly get more used to sentence structures and eventually win spelling competitions.
The best course of action is to start a journal and write about everything that happens with you. Once your vocabulary gets better, you can consider finding a foreign pen pal (yes, people still do that!) so you can exchange letters and learn about each other’s lives.
2. Be Willing to Make Mistakes
Many people get stuck when they are learning a new language because they get embarrassed of making silly mistakes. They think people will make fun of them and it’ll shatter their confidence. But when you meet a beginner student, do you mock them? No, you help them!
People always appreciate if you’re making an effort to speak their local language. Remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect, you just need to be able to communicate. So, instead of being shy, speak your mind and realize it only gets easier.