The idea of learning a foreign language is exhilarating and scary at the same time.
If you were forced to take a foreign language in high school you are probably haunted by memories of tests that you weren't ready for and endless grammar lessons that bored you to tears.
Learning Foreign Languages Has Become EASIER!
The good news for you is that foreign language learning has become a lot easier these days with online software and foreign language games available that put the fun back into learning languages.
Another big advantage we have is that audio lessons can be downloaded and listened to on any mp3 player at your convenience. That's what I've been doing in my car while driving to work. What used to be a dull 55 minute commute has turned into a profitable Spanish language learning time.
The following are a few lessons I've learned over the years that will help you gain foreign language mastery faster than you thought possible.
1. Don't be afraid to make mistakes.
The only way to learn anything new is to try. Beginner mistakes must be expected. Nobody master foreign language pronunciation on the first attempt. Allow yourself the ability to make mistakes and then learn from those mistakes.
You didn't learn to walk without falling you didn't even learn your native language without flubbing up. You eventually succeeded at both simply be never giving up. The same will be true with learning a new language.
2. Try to find words your native language shares with the new language you are learning.
An English speaking person learning Spanish has hundreds of similar words to start with. Learning a base vocabulary of shared words will help you build your confidence quickly.
3. Be willing to takes chances with your new language.
When you blurt out your first phrase in your new language you can expect to mix up a word or two or skew the pronunciation slightly. Just remember, it's better to speak imperfectly than to not speak at all. No practice simply adds up to no improvement.
Another thing you must remember is that people from other countries love it when try speaking to them in their language. They may smile at your attempts but they will give you all the encouragement in the world to keep on trying.
4. Practice. A lot.
Okay, that's piece of advice seems obvious but many people don't practice enough and therefore don't improve. The result of lack of practice is frustration. And frustration causes to quit too soon.
Even if you don't specifically practice your new language at the computer or with native language speakers at least listen frequently to foreign language audios or foreign language radio broadcasts.
If you can overcome your fear of making mistakes, find similar words between your native language and new language, takes chances and practice like your life depended upon it you will do well.
Becoming multilingual in this global economy is one of the smartest things you can do. So get out there and do it!