9 Things Successful Language Learners Do

1. Sleep

Sleeping well helps you to really integrate things you have learned throughout the day, whether that is a mathematical formula or a new grammatical structure. Getting a good nights rest also helps you to feel less stressed and be in a better state of mind when you are learning.

2. Repeat

Repetition helps you to remember things you have learned. In addition, repeating words or phrases out loud helps you to work on the muscle memory necessary to say things in the target language.

3. Learn the rhythm

Languages all have a musicality or a distinct rhythm. To improve your accent and to have fewer miscommunications, focus some of your energy on learning the rhythm of the language.

4. Choose short and long term S.M.A.R.T. goals

Specific - know what you want to learn specifically, narrow it down from "I want to be fluent" to "I want to be able to talk about my likes and dislikes." "I want to be able to talk about cooking." "I want to be able to..."
Measurable - Make sure you can measure your success. Maybe make a recording of your first conversation with your tutor, then make another recording after 5 or 10 hours of class and compare. If you want to improve your vocabulary, keep a personal "dictionary" of words you have learned.
Attainable - Make sure the goal is something realistic. You need about 100-200 hours to move from one level of fluency to the next, keep this in mind when thinking about your goals.
Relevant - How are these goals relevant to your life? Will you use what you learn professionally? Are you going to travel? Do you like reading classic literature in the target language?
Time-bound - Give yourself a set amount of time to accomplish your goals. Maybe you have an external deadline, like a test date. Maybe you are traveling abroad. You can also pick a time by which you want to have learned _________ .

5. Learn cognates

Learning cognates (and false friends) can speed up the learning process considerably. Learn the ways in which the language is similar to other languages you already speak, and ways in which it is different.

6. Practice a little every day

Practicing a new language is like practicing any new skill. You need regular practice. This can be 15 minutes between classes, or for over an hour. You can practice at home, or talk to yourself in the car, or listen to a podcast while you commute to work. It depends on your goals and on the time you are able to spend each day.

7. Listen, listen, listen

Watch movies and tv series, listen to youtube videos, put on a radio show, listen to a podcast. It isn't important to understand everything. You can put on a podcast and do other things like clean your kitchen or take a shower. Listening to the rhythm of the language can be helpful even if you don't understand everything that happens.

8. Concentrate on communication

If you concentrate on communication, even at the most basic level, grammatical structures will come. You learn to structure language best by USING THE LANGUAGE.

9. Use the target language right away

Speaking fluently comes from speaking poorly. Don't wait for your language skills to be perfect to practice, it isn't magic! Mix vocabulary and grammar you already know to use language creatively. Language is meant to be played with ;)

November 22, 2019
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Ask about weekend availability REFUGEES/ASYLUM SEEKERS, discount with proof of status. I'm a Language Coach living in France. I am a native American English Speaker, and I also speak French, Spanish, and a little Brazilian Portuguese and Italian. I have a university degree in Linguistics and teaching foreign languages, and I have a Masters in teaching English as a foreign language. I have 10 years of experience teaching different levels of students English...in private lessons, in schools, in language institutes and online. Language learning must be adapted depending on the students individual needs and objectives. In addition I think language learning should be fun for both of us!I specialize in conversation classes from upper-beginner to advanced students and I also like to help with accent reduction. I prefer working with students age 15 and older. What is a Language Coach? Is it different to a Language Teacher? I am here to help you learn English. We work together on every part of the learning journey : evaluating your level, creating goals, evaluating if we meet our goals, and finding activities that interest you. Every part of your learning journey is individualized and created just for you. Working with me is less like school and more like a friendly conversation.
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