Tips for facilitating learning a foreign language
However, learning more than one language at a time requires careful planning and precise strategies. Unlike exact science, there is no universal method in learning a language. Below we provide tips and tricks that can make it easier for you to learn many foreign languages.
1. Learn the right vocabulary in the right way
Vocabulary is the most common obstacle in learning a language (even in Indonesian), and most often makes people give up before actually even starting.
In fact, the main key to proficient in foreign languages is to get closer to familiar words and are often used in everyday conversation. Find out what vocabulary and phrases are most commonly used by people when speaking - move them into your own homemade notes or use applications, such as Anki apps that you can download - and learn regularly with a futures repetition strategy that increases gradually (once a day, every two days, four, eight, etc.).
Or, you can use your favorite reading book as a child (which you understand deeply about the storyline) - Snow White or Pinocchio, for example - in the version of the languages you learn and your mother tongue (for example, the Indonesian version, England, Germany and France).
This will allow you to translate foreign languages line by line and easily describe how sentences and grammar of a language are built. You can also refer to the Indonesian version when you want to double-check your understanding from time to time.
2. The importance of variation
Having a variety of learning activities is very important to avoid boredom. Even though repetition is the core of the learning process, too mechanical a method can get you boring. There are three types of variations
Material variation: The diversity of learning material can keep you motivated. At first, you can use one type of material - theoretical books, for example - and then quickly switch to other methods, such as interactive language games. That way, you can find several aspects of language learning resources that are interesting and effective for you, while others don't.
Variations in activities: Reading and listening are two activities that are very useful for mastering language, but these two methods are not the only ones. The more varied your approach to language - such as practicing conversations with friends, coaches, or indigenous people who use the language, or using pictures - the better. It's important to engage in activities that aim to hone the language in the brain, while keeping you motivated.
Position variation: Maybe you will be a little surprised to learn that body position and how we move plays an important role in learning. In other words, body position has an impact on concentration, which also affects your ability to store your information. So, don't just sit still! Try listening to a podcast of German courses or Chinese radio when you are jogging late in the evening, or reading an Italian online newspaper while lying down?