learning a language?!
Here are some
tips for you:
Try to set aside some time every day for your
studies, ideally when your brain is at its most receptive. It's better to study
for 30 minutes every day than for 3 hours once a week. If you can spare an hour
a day, break it up into two or three sessions to avoid brain overload.
Go over each lesson several times, perhaps once in
the morning, once in the evening and once several days later. Give your brain
time to digest the material, but make sure the gaps between periods of study
are not too long, i.e. more than a few weeks, or you will forget most of what
you're trying to learn.
on solid foundations
Make sure you're comfortable with the fundamentals
of the language before tackling the more advanced stuff. It will take you a
while to get used to the pronunciation and orthography of a new language, but
without a solid understanding of these, you'll find it very difficult to learn
Setting reasonable targets is a good way to
motivate yourself. You could set yourself a time limit or aim for a certain
level of proficiency.
on your interests
Once you have got to grips with the basics of the
language, learn to talk/write/read about the things that interest you. In this
way you are more likely to remember to the words, phrases and grammatical
constructions you encounter.
be discouraged by apparent lack of progress
You will find that at times you're making fairly
rapid progress, while at other times you seem to standing still or even going
backwards. This is normal when learning a language, so don't be discouraged. If
you feel like you are making little or no progress, try going over earlier
lessons/exercises to see if they're easier now than when you first tried them.
worry about making mistakes
You probably make the occasional mistake when
speaking your native language, so making mistakes in a foreign language is
nothing to worry about. What matters is getting your message across, not
whether you use all the right words, inflexions, tenses, cases, etc.
If you cannot think of the exact words, try using
other ones. For example, say you were talking about your office and didn't know
the word for photocopier - you could try describing its function: "a
machine for making copies" instead. You could also try drawing pictures
and/or miming if you can't think of the words.
Learn how to say things like "How do you say X
in your language", "What's the word for Y?", "What's that
called?", "What are they doing?", etc.
Find ways to make language learning fun. This could
involve games, songs, stories, tongue twisters, jokes and anything else you can
think of, for example join the English club!