For many people, the idea of learning a foreign language both exciting and daunting, especially if the mind brings back memories of learning a new language in middle school or high school.
The truth is that learning a foreign language much easier than most people expect, especially if you follow these tips that I have found after a lifetime of helping others learn everything from Japanese and Arabic into German and French.
1. Make mistakes. How to learn a new language is by making mistakes. Correct; your success will come from repeatedly failed. Give yourself permission to make mistakes and you will learn more than you ever dreamed possible.
2. The search for the words your mother tongue have in common with the new language you want to learn. For example, the word for Americans is Americano in Spain, American in French and Americano, Italian and Portuguese. Interesting is interstate in Spain, Italy and Portugal and interisland in French. Words for chocolate and cafe also fits this pattern. Recognizing words that are familiar to you will help you build your new vocabulary faster.
3. Take a chance. When you try to speak a foreign language you run the risk of not understood but it is a risk worth taking. After all, it is better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly! And when you visit another country, you will find that native speakers will appreciate your efforts to communicate in their language - even if you make a mistake or two.
4. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Practice makes perfect. As with any new skill you want to hone the more time you spend the faster the cultivation of skills to be part of you. Use the time you go to work or relax at home to work with new material or strengthen old ones.
I wish you every success as your teacher your preferred language and start enjoying the many benefits of being multilingual in a global world now.