The 10 most important tips (from 15 years of experience) for successfully learning a foreign language!

In this article you will find the best and most valuable tips, I discovered in 10 years of learning languages, I have learned and successfully implemented.

From these experiences I have created a guide in my video seminar
"Learn any foreign language in 6 months" created. You can find an excerpt with the 10 best tips on this page.

You want more tips? Here you will find 101 tips for learning languages from a variety of language experts.

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1. Tip: Start speaking as early as possible.

The sooner you start speaking the language, the better. In order to master a language, you need to feel comfortable with it. You need to speak the language as if it were your own, not just a foreign language.

But you can only do that if you use it all the time. The best place to start on the first day To apply what you have learned. Even if it’s just "hello", "how are you" and "my name".

Further reading: In 4 steps a Speak a foreign language fluently.

2.Tip: Have a concrete reason to learn the language.

A foreign language you don’t just learn it in between. It can take time to master the language. Therefore you should have the necessary motivation.

But only then you will be motivated, if there is a concrete reason why you want to learn the language at all.

Reasons can be:

  • Your partner speaks it as a native language.
  • You have family in the country where the language is spoken.
  • Some of your friends speak the language.
  • You enjoy traveling to a country or the country where the language is spoken.

Only if you have a concrete reason to learn the language and Keep this in mind all the time, will have the breath to learn the language.

Here you can see my interview with 15-language speaker Alex Rawlings. He talks about the importance of having concrete reasons to learn a foreign language. The summary of the interview with Alex Rawlings can be found here in text form.

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Further reading: 11 reasons why it pays to learn a foreign language.

3. Tip: Integrate the language into your everyday life.

It’s no wonder that we learn a language the fastest when it is, if we are constantly surrounded by it. This is why children learn a new language so quickly. That’s why you learn the language much faster abroad.

But a long stay abroad is not mandatory. You can also bring the foreign country to you. You can do this by surrounding yourself with the language: Listen to music, watch movies and series, and read books in the language.

When you learn Italian, go to an Italian restaurant more often and order in Italian. Listen to Italian podcasts. If you are learning French, find out where French people hang out and mingle with them.

Watch French series and movies. Meet the Erasmus students at your university. These are all ways to keep in constant contact with the language and learn it in a flash.

Related: Learning a language in a flash through immersion.

4. Tip: Use the language even when you are alone.

think also in the foreign language. Talking to yourself helps the most. This is also a form of using the language.

For example, think about what you have to do tomorrow or tell yourself what you did today. If you regularly use the language even when you are alone, it becomes more natural for you and you learn it faster. The language becomes a part of you and of your everyday life. How to learn them automatically.

5. Tip: Learn at every opportunity.

There are so many ways to learn in everyday life. On your way to work or university and back again. When shopping, when cleaning, when doing sports.

Listen to yourself for example Podcasts (for learning languages) or listening to audio books at this time or learn vocabulary with flashcards or also a vocabulary trainer. If you think about all the things you do in your daily life, you will find countless situations where you mentally switch off. Use these situations.

6. Tip: Find interesting language partners.

Language partners have an interest in you learning the language. This can be your life partner, friends or your language teacher. But it can also be people who want to learn German in a language tandem.

In such a language tandem (language exchange) both can benefit. You learn the language of your tandem partner and he or she learns German. The important thing is that your language partner is interesting to you and that you enjoy talking to them.

If this is not the case, the tandem partnership often breaks down quickly. Learning languages should be fun in any case. This is and remains one of the most important prerequisites for successfully learning a language.

7. Tip: Learn relevant vocabulary with mnemonic devices.

learning vocabulary is the absolute hate task of every language student (or at least of many) – it is tedious, annoying and takes an eternity. But it does not have to be like that at all.

At first you should only learn the vocabulary, that are relevant for you personally. It probably won’t be the animals in the zoo and the furniture in the apartment, as the textbooks always try to make us believe.

How do you know which words of the foreign language are relevant and important for you?? You will notice this all by yourself!

There are words that don’t come to your mind when you think in the language or when you talk to your language partner. It’s words you don’t understand when someone uses them. It’s words you don’t understand when you watch your favorite show or listen to your favorite podcast.

Once you have identified the words that are most important to you, learn them with mnemonic devices. You can do this by finding a German word that sounds similar to the vocabulary word and imagining both as vividly as possible as a picture.

For example, "fence" in English is "fence". Imagine lots of fans (sounds similar to "fence") cheering in front of a white fence. See this picture clearly before your eyes? Now you won’t forget those vocabulary words so quickly.

Because the vocabulary is personally relevant to you, you will learn it even faster than any random vocabulary. How to learn vocabulary much faster than at school.

Further information: How to learn vocabulary quickly with mnemonic devices and how to keep it for a long time.

8. Tip: Constantly look for new motivation.

Even if you have only one reason to learn the language, you should also look for new motivation in between. For this you need Situations in which you can use the foreign language. This could be a trip abroad or an event in the language (z. B. a language meeting).

Once you have booked your trip to Spain, you will realize how much more motivated you are to learn Spanish. Or get involved in a project at work that takes place in Italy, or join an Erasmus exchange program in Greece.

All these possibilities provide fresh motivation, which will also help you to get out of some motivation lows.

9. Tip: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

There is no one in the world who can speak the language to first learn in theory and then immediately speak it perfectly.

To learn the language you have to use it. Make lots of mistakes, learn from them, do better next time, and do it all over again. Other people will forgive your mistakes. There is absolutely no need to be perfect right away.

When babies learn the language, they make countless mistakes and this is absolutely not a problem, because they learn. You should have the same attitude. Every mistake you make brings you closer to the goal of speaking the foreign language fluently.

10. Tip: Never give up

Learning a foreign language can take time. The benefits you get from this are indescribable. A completely new culture opens up, with lots of new people. Your brain doesn’t age that fast. It is beneficial for your career.

But the most important thing is You have a lot of fun – both in learning and speaking.

Do not forget Get this 1 0 tips for learning languages as a handy PDF checklist including notes download to print.

These are my most important tips from a decade of learning languages. I hope they help you, learn a new language quickly and with fun. I look forward to your comment and your opinion on the tips.

Or if you have any other tips for successful (language) learning, please leave them in the comments as well! Thank you – Your Gabriel Gelman.

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