Do you look on enviously at other people who can speak French, German, Spanish, or any other language for that matter? Especially on holidays to Europe it would make such a difference to speak another language.
Of course, you can survive by learning a few words and phrases from a guidebook, or note a few things down yourself from Google Translate before you travel, but there’s something beautiful in being just a bit more fluent.
So to celebrate European Day of Language (26th September) I’ve decided to share some tips on how to learn a new language – and why it’s worth doing.
Make your mind a sponge
Whilst there are no shortcuts, there are ways that encourage you to absorb words more quickly. It’s about having the right attitude.
There’s a guy called Matthew Youlden who’s English, but he’s learnt to speak nine different languages. He knows what it takes, and he’s listed 10 tips and tricks to help you learn.
Try video tutorials
There’s no better way to learn than to surround yourself with native speakers of your chosen language. When that’s not possible, videos are a good alternative. What’s more, you can control when you immerse yourself in the language, and for how long.
Use free online resources
Online learning lets you access courses, audio, video and games. A good place to start is with BBC Languages and take it from there.
On the move or with other people
Apps for your tablet or smartphone let you learn on the move, meaning you can dip in and out when you want. But if you prefer learning the old fashioned way, you’ll find plenty of language books on Amazon or you could join a local class.
Choose the perfect language for you
You’ve got the tools to help you learn, but which language should you go for? Maybe start thinking about your holiday destinations for next year to help you choose. Why not take a look at our European destinations for a bit of inspiration?
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