Necessity can make you do things, which at a point of time seemed impossible, the same is applicable, when you land up in a new country as a student and find that your knowledge of English, is not of much help in communicating with the locals and immersing in its culture, and after all, knowing the language of the land, where, one is going to spend a sizeable time, first as a student and then may be as a professional, would require at least some hold on the language. Let us look at how to making this learning experience fruitful.
- Take a strong resolution
Conditioning your mind is the way forward. Learning a new language by any stretch is not going to be an easy job, as it will take months to see any tangible result. Keep up your motivation levels high and tell yourself that you are certainly going to master it. Certain languages with its pronunciations etc, can take some time to set in, take it all part of the challenge and move on, reminding that you are going to benefit, big time, both on personal as well as professional front.
- Get enrolled in a language class
Though some may not agree with it, leaning a new language becomes slightly easier, when the conventional class room way is adopted, as they train you about the different aspects of the language, its pronunciations vocabulary, potential grammar mess ups, accent training etc, and most importantly, you learn all these amidst people, who are on the same language proficiency level, which will help you to talk more freely and without any inhibitions or shyness. If your university doesn’t offer language courses, look for institutions, offering part time language classes in your city.
- Never restrict your learning to the class room
Never leave any opportunity to pick up the language, may be a stroll in the park or visit to a cinema or a restaurant or a sightseeing trip with your friends, can offer you opportunities to learn a new words and get to observe variations in slang, the nature of voice modulation etc, this can help you brush up, what you have learned in the class room.
- Talk Talk Talk
There is no substitute to talking, when it comes to learning a new language. Don’t miss an errand to strike a conversation on just about anything. Conversations, however small it may be, can help you overcome that language block and develop confidence to speak in public.
- Prepare to make mistakes
It goes without saying that you are bound to make mistakes while learning a new language. Never think about quitting. Though certain languages seems a bit difficult to grasp initially, have patience and continue to have short conversations with people around, may be your local friends, nearby shop owners etc. However crude your language might sound, no one is going to sent you to the gallows on account of it and on the contrary, would be all praise for the effort being put in the initiative.
- Set your new language as the phone language
This seems quite simple, but 99 out of 100 people do not make use of this. Wondered how much time is spend texting, why not do it in the language that you are learning. May be a few grammar mistake here and there will not cause any significant harm as you are texting your friends and at worst by making some mistakes, you will invite some laughter which is no big price for a brave effort.
So start practicing, you never know, may be by next year you would be the one who will be initiating a new bloke to a language class.