How to Learn a Language


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Thank You Word Cloud printed on colorful paper different languages

Harris G., Staff Writer

     The world is filled with different countries and cultures, many with different languages. Learning a language lets you communicate with them and gives you insights into their culture. It’s also very good for your brain. However, learning languages is very difficult. Not only do you have to learn a new word for everything, but you need to change the sentence structure and other grammatical rules, as well as pronouncing things in ways that your mouth isn’t used to. However, there are some things you can do to make learning a new language easier.

     To learn a language you need to commit to it. A good way to do this is to use the language in your everyday life. For example, when I was learning some basic French, I often spoke basic sentences to my parents in French. This made me more immersed in the language and I benefited as a result of it. Another way to commit to learning a language is by setting yourself goals. As CGP Grey once said, “Goals should be smart, measurable, actionable, for which you are responsible and time-bounded.” This is true for many things in life, and learning a language is certainly among them. So, make sure you set short term goals so that you can stay on track.

     Even if you’re committing to learning a language, you should also be working smart, not just hard. One way to do this is to use the right tools. Using online software is a pretty good way to do this, such as Duolingo, Babbel, or Rosetta Stone. These work on mobile as well! You could also support this by writing down all the new words you’ve learned to help ingrain them into your memory. Also, it is best to learn a language similar to English, such as Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Indonesian, Portuguese, or French. After that, you can branch out to more difficult languages, as learning a new language is easier the more you’ve learned in the past. 


     Finally, if you’re lucky enough to do so, traveling to a country that speaks that language is greatly beneficial and will greatly help you learn. Putting what you learned into practice is a great way to learn. If you do all of these things or even just some of them, you’ll surely learn a language and become a more global citizen of the world!