Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Tips For Learning A Foreign Language

My future now very much rests on becoming fluent in two languages other than my native English, and so for the two weeks or so since I got my placement I've been in a blur of words I only half understand and two languages that are very similar, whilst still being very different. Having said that, I've definitely found some ways of learning languages that really work for me, and so I thought I'd share them with you in case you might be looking to learn a language too.

Download An App
For this one I would heavily suggest Duolingo (not sponsored, just a lot of trial and error) that really guilt trips you when you don't go through with the amount of time you've committed to practising per day, but any app will do. Something that's available right at your fingertips when you're bored on the bus will really help you to kick your arse into gear and make sure that you're using at least some of your spare time doing something worthwhile. You probably won't learn an entire language solely via an app, but it's certainly a good place to start.

Find Resources For Native Learners
Find resources for your education level in the language of your choice. Remember; though language beginners books might not be inspiring or easy to get your head around, primary school level books for Spanish children (if Spanish is your chosen language to learn) are made to make these words stick - so don't just stick with books and resources written in your language, make sure that you look at how native speakers learn the language as children.

Use Bright Colours and Easy to Remember Pictures
Vocab is always going to be the thing that's hardest to remember, in my opinion, and so one of the best ways to get yourself to remember is to use bright colours or memorable pictures. Flashcards are a great way to learn on this note, as they're generally meant to be accessible and memorable for children, but mindmaps, words written in colours relating to their genders or even drawing your own shit little pictures could definitely be a good way to get yourself to remember.

Practise Writing Too
Chances are you're only going to have to read or speak your foreign language, but definitely make sure that you learn to write it as well. I didn't learn to write Spanish for a long time, but in Spanish something as tiny as an accent can change a word from Potato to Dad, and so it's worth at least knowing how to write the words, even if you never need to.

They're my tips for learning languages so far, but if you have any ideas please do let me know - god knows I need all the help that I can get!

Sammy xo


  1. I'd love to learn Italian, spotify have some language podcasts which are really easy to follow.

    Jodie - www.jodiesjournal.com

  2. I'd love to learn a language, I've just never settled on one! I think it would just be good to be actively learning again and would dust the cobwebs off the ol brain! Might give the app a go!

    Sarah :)
    Saloca in Wonderland

  3. Certainly agree with you on writing in Spanish, happens a lot with French too! writing is certainly difficult in Spanish, grammar is key to getting it right as the syntax can be a bit tricky! suerte!