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.
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
3. Find linkages with each other
When learning a foreign language, you actually already know some basic words without realizing it.
For example, the word "child", "sick", or "expensive" in Indonesian, has the same meaning in the Malay language and the Tagalog language used in the Philippines. The words "late" ("late" in Indonesian) and "tante" (aka bibi, Indonesian) also have the same meaning as "te laat" and "tante" in Dutch.
4. Expand the list of vocabulary with mnemonics
Memorization and repetition will indeed carve a sharp memory of the new vocabulary that is important for you to learn. However, it is not impossible for you to forget once in a while.
5. Keep the quality and quantity of learning
Learning language is definitely a lot of obstacles, and many aspects of language can be a pain for someone. So, especially at the beginning of learning, it is important to prioritize quality in order to build a strong foundation, where for later we can expand our knowledge in a language. It is important to focus on small portions of material and study them thoroughly from the start until you really understand.
6. Don't be afraid to talk
One way to achieve fluency in a foreign language is to practice speaking.
As you progress, dedicate at least 30-60 minutes to speak only in a foreign language - German, for example - and continue to adjust the study time to ensure that your conversation skills are honed, not just general knowledge of the language through a list of 'formal' vocabulary you might never use it in everyday dialogue.
7. Commitment and consistency
Learning a foreign language is a fairly complex and sustainable process. It's important to do something right at the right time, and make sure that it's right for you. If you don't have a strong reason to learn a language, you will be very likely to run out of motivation in the middle of the road. No matter what your reason, once you have determined the intention to learn one language, be committed and consistent in living it.