What is the best way to learn a language, fast?
The easiest way to learn a language is no secret. It consists of many little tips & tricks, which you can find all over the internet (examples: 1, 2, 3,...) But what really makes the difference is how efficiently you implement them.
So, let me group and list these tricks below. I'll also list the most important keywords associated with each group:
Don't try to learn everything at once.
- Learn frequently used words first
- Pareto principle - 80% of the success comes from learning the top 20%
Increase your recall rate
- Use an app that has spaced repetition
- Make meaningful connections in your brain
- Write stuff down (with your hand)! Let me quote this from lifesavvy.com:
If you write something by hand, all that complex sensory information increases the chances the knowledge will be stored for later.
In short, writing by hand forces your brain to process information in a more detailed way, which helps you successfully load that information into your memory.
Make learning fun.
- Have goals
- Have fun. Fall in love with the culture.
- In the beginning, you will make many mistakes. Don't be afraid of them, as each mistake is a learning opportunity.
- Use an app with gamification (such as Lingo Ninja)
- Practice the language in "the wild" as much as possible. Speak, read, watch videos, have "imaginary conversations in your head", etc.
Stick with it.
- Consistency/form a learning habit.
- Use reminders.
- Find a time slot that works for you every day. On the way to work, or during your lunch break, or before bed. The more time you dedicate, the better. 10 minutes a day is not enough to learn much - it's only 1 hour a week. Try to learn 20-30 minutes every day.