7 ways to turbocharge your language learning: Part 1
. They are in no particular order of importance. Part 1 is aimed at post beginners to Intermediate level students. Part 2 will be aimed at Intermediate and above.
- Label things in your house.
This is a quick and cheap way of improving your knowledge of everyday vocabulary in your home. All you need to do is to buy a pack of post-it notes or labels and then write the name of items in your home on them, such as phone, window, mirror, door etc. Every time you use these objects you’ll read the word and embed it into your memory.
- Get a good Bilingual dictionary
A bilingual dictionary is your best friend while you are learning a language. However, do be careful and do some research as there are a lot of dictionaries on the market. Research the best one for you and buy the best you can afford.
It is also worth bearing in mind that several online translators and electronic dictionaries on smartphones can be quite poor. Teachers will find it very obvious if you simply put something through a translator.
Make notes of new vocabulary
Whenever you learn a new word, whether you are in the classroom or out and about, make sure you make a note of it. Then, whenever you have some free time you can practise what you have learned. You could even do this on your phone so you needn’t carry around a notebook with you if you prefer.
It’s also worth making a note of the translation into your own language.
- Listen to music in the Target language
In addition to watching films and TV, listening to music is another great and fun way of improving your grasp of a language. There is so much music for you to choose from with most tracks having lyrics easily available online. You could listen to a song a day and read the lyrics along to it.
- Figure out your best time to learn
Are you a morning or afternoon person? If you can work out when your brain is at its sharpest then you should plan your learning for this time. Some people work best first thing in the morning and switch off after lunchtime, while for others it takes a while to get going every day.
- Change the language on your social media or smartphone
Have you ever accidentally changed the language on a device or a website and then struggled to get it back again? However, this can actually be a good way of learning an additional language. If you turn your Facebook, Twitter and smartphone settings to the language you are studying then you can continue to learn the language while you’re communicating with friends.
- Write every day.
Writing is a great way of using new vocabulary and getting your head around grammar. Try and write something every day using the new words and grammar that you have learned. Even if it’s only a few sentences it will be of benefit. I’m not talking about writing an essay every day!