learn a foreign language

How to Learn a Foreign Language

Note: These guidelines should be rigorously followed, even if you are taking a language course.

Learn a Foreign Language

1) Spend the time!

By far the most important factor is how much time you are immersed in the language. The more time you spend with the language, the faster you will learn. This means listening, reading, writing, speaking, and studying words and phrases. This does not mean sitting in class looking out the window, nor listening to other students who do not speak well, nor getting explanations in your own language about how the language works. This means spending time enjoyably connected to the language you are learning.

2) Listen and read every day!

Listen wherever you are on your MP3 player. Read what you are listening to. Listen to and read things that you like, things that you can mostly understand, or even partly understand. If you keep listening and reading you will get used to the language. One hour of listening or reading is more effective than many hours of class time.

3) Focus on words and phrases!

Build up your vocabulary, you’ll need lots. Start to notice words and how they come together as phrases. Learn these words and phrases through your listening and reading. Read online, using online dictionaries, and make your own vocabulary lists for review. Soon you will run into your new words and phrases elsewhere. Gradually you will be able to use them. Do not worry about how accurately you speak until you have accumulated a plenty of words through listening and reading.

4) Take responsibility for your own learning!

If you do not want to learn the language, you won’t. If you do want to learn the language, take control. Choose content of interest, that you want to listen to and read. Seek out the words and phrases that you need to understand your listening and reading. Do not wait for someone else to show you the language, nor to tell you what to do. Discover the language by yourself, like a child growing up. Talk when you feel like it. Write when you feel like it. A teacher cannot teach you to become fluent, but you can learn to become fluent if you want to.

5) Relax and enjoy yourself!

Do not worry about what you cannot remember, or cannot yet understand, or cannot yet say. It does not matter. You are learning and improving. The language will gradually become clearer in your brain, but this will happen on a schedule that you cannot control. So sit back and enjoy. Just make sure you spend enough time with the language. That is the greatest guarantee of success.

Steve Kaufmann is a former Canadian diplomat, who has had his own company in the international trade of forest products for over 20 years. Steve founded The Linguist Institute Ltd. in 2002 to develop a new approach to language learning using the web. The new LingQ system for learning multiple languages is now available in Beta. Steve speaks nine languages fluently and is currently learning Russian using LingQ. Steve maintains a blog on language learning.

  • Christopher Edwards

    I’ve started watching some of my favorite movies in foreign languages (which is made simple due to DVDs being multilingual), and this has a double effect of:
    1) Introducing me to thousands of words I already know the meaning of
    2) Doing it in conversations, yielding an authentic presentation of spoken word

    • http://highspeed-french.info Chris

      I think it’s true. The most important factor while doing all of this is to enjoy yourself. As this gives you the strength and motivation to continue. But the right combination of recources is necessary to enjoy yourself while learning that language. So I suggest finding the right offer of such a fun tool.

      • Petrasonnet

        I agree Chris.  I’ve found that whole movies (90 minutes or so) in a foreign languages sometimes overwhelm me.  I prefer shorts like they have at some of the language learning websites (like at ouruniversallangauge.com).  As you said it is important to have some fun!

    • http://www.bilingual.sk/ Angličtina

      read and translate books
      watch movies
      hear music

      • nagham

        yeh thats right but there are common words nd phrases which we cannot use in formal language off course listning to music can help us but in learning formal english ithink we need something else

    • Christinejernigan

      Great idea!  I use youtube alot too if there’s a topic I want to learn the vocabulary too…tennis for example.  Also, I watch interviews in particular b/c they show people up close and you can see their mouths moving. Sometimes you can even put subtitles in English to help. I also watch things in English like TED lectures, but put the foreign languages subtitles on underneath. I listen and read and learn.

    • happy

      Thank you for the good information.
      I would also come to like to be able to understand a foreign language.

    • happy

      Thank you for the good information.
      I would also come to like to be able to understand a foreign language.

    • happy

      Thank you for the good information.
      I would also come to like to be able to understand a foreign language.

  • http://dweezeljazzart.com/blog/ DweezelJazz

    Thanks for this article. I went and signed up and have started using the LingQ software. It’s great! Thanks

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  • http://oskarcosta.blogspot.com/ Oscar Csota

    Excellent article, I’m studying English, and I’ll use it to speed up my learning. I translated the text for Portuguese and I published in http://oskarcosta.blogspot.com/.


  • http://www.daybydayhsing.blogspot.com Dawn

    Thanks! I’m homeschooling a 9 year who wants to learn Greek and this is something I think I need to print out and stick on our fridge as a guide!

    • Barack Obama

      Only niggers learn greek

      • Jules

        It’s unfortunate how ignorant our society has become.
        I am doing a research to complete my degree and came across this comment, “Only Niggers learn Greek.”

        I often wondered what we can do as a society to get rid of this stereotype. We did not make ourselves and just these comments make me sick to my stomach; it’s among the educated and uneducated. Am I to really say that we have these dull and ignorant people still walking the planet; earth?

        I don’t really care though, because people are people whether they call each other names or not.

        • Bird

          It is indeed very unsettling to come across those types of comments. I was merely searching for motivation to start more on beginning French and was shocked to come across such a remark. The best we can do in our society is to keep our heads up and ignore rude acknowledgments. For being nine, wanting to learn Greek is remarkable.

          • Destiney

            well maybe no one reallyys needs to learn greek, come one peoplei n american. do they really NEEED to learn greek?

          • Destiney

            well maybe no one reallyys needs to learn greek, come one peoplei n american. do they really NEEED to learn greek?

        • Dsiofnadfsois

          It’s just a troll. He just posted that to get under people’s skin..

      • Hans

        You forgot the “fucking”

        only fucking NIGGERS

        • Penn Tennis

          That’s why a “nigger” as you say, ignorant bitch..is running our country. You probably have little to no education and poor as dirt and upset because there’s so many african American people in this day that are very wealthy. Just because you’re a lazy, ignorant, childish, racist, uneducated piece of shit probably contributing to our economy’s homeless jobless bums, doesn’t mean you should show the world how ignorant, uneducated and how much your life was a waste to be put on this earth because you problem can’t afford a roof above your head month to month. Lazy homeless piece of trash.. It’s sad that I’m 14 and will probably have a much better education than you ever will and am already 10x more successful then you’ll ever be considering I have a life that was worth putting on this earth while you…ehh not so much. Go rot and burn I hell everybody would enjoy that. (:

          • OK

            For goodness sake stop replying to them. They are just trolls. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Internet)

          • OK

            For goodness sake stop replying to them. They are just trolls. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Internet)

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          • Penn Tennis Sucks

            Ku Klux Klan white power! white supremacy! nigger

          • Destiney

            i like your name ha

          • Destiney

            i like your name ha

      • Bulhan

        What a Uneducated -Ignorant Man You are – its Not Your Fault -its Your Family Back Ground -Your Mother and Father-May Be Very Low Class People .

        • Adrega1

          Hey I’m sorry but what does being poor have to do with making those comments your just as ignorant As him

      • Nimby2002

        You are disgusting, used needlessly biased language, display an immaturity one can only hope you will outgrow the sooner the better before you advance to the hatred stage.

        • Guesswhosback

          Trollsssss mii niqqaaaa

      • Nimby2002

        You are disgusting, used needlessly biased language, display an immaturity one can only hope you will outgrow the sooner the better before you advance to the hatred stage.

      • Unknown

        I admit, its kind of offensive… unless you kidding which i hope you are.

  • http://www.pickthebrain.com John Wesley

    Wow, a 9-year-old interested in Greek. That’s remarkable!

  • http://www.madwhips.com Vinay

    There seem to be no shortage of sites offering online language courses, and the stiff competition has given students great new options in taking on the challenge of learning a new language.
    I have found learning Mandarin to be quite convenient with the excellent podcasts available these days ( like http://www.chineselearnonline.com)
    If you have an MP3 player, I would recommend giving it a try.

  • http://www.daybydayhsing.blogspot.com Dawn

    Not so remarkable. :) She, like a lot of kids, loves Greek myths so when I suggested she try another language it was Greek that caught her imagination.

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  • Phil

    Y’know, I’ve followed advice like this in the past and it hasn’t worked. Dedication is one thing. Dedication + ability = success in language learning. There’s no escaping that. Let’s be honest here: knowing a few phrases and speaking a language fluently (or better) are very different things. Most people can do the former; not everyone can do the latter.

    • rob

      no, youre wrong. everyone CAN learn a language fluently. we ALL do it. even developmentally disabled people. the question is HOW to learn a NEW language. we do all have the ability. its innate.

      • Opakahaka

        Is it innate though? Nature or nurture?

        • lolafrary

          if course it is innate, everybody across the world had learned a language no matter what family or curcumstances they were brought up into. It is human nature to want to communicate our thoughts and feelings.
          I have been trying to learn new languages for a long time. i learned spanish through formal classes and japanese by just imersing myself in the language, watching movies, listening to people, reading, and TONS of practice writing. (not to mention that there is ALWAYS an app for that)
           both ways arguably work, but i prefer teaching myself because i hate homework and i get to do it my own way :)

      • robert5467890

        quit bullshitting me it is totally impossible nobody can face facts first idiots

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  • DennisVJ

    Great Post !!!
    Learning english here :)

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    Great article!

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  • http://www.lingofriends.com Fredrik

    Hi everyone!

    I love the new way of learning a new language that the site http://www.lingofriends.com has to offer. -You find a guy/girl that you like and then you chat until you drop.

    It’s pretty revolutionary.

    Best, Fredrik

  • http://languagebookworld.com/ Maria Fernandez


    Great post! I very much agree with all your points. I’ve been teaching Spanish for twenty years and whenever my students follow this type of advice, they really progress a lot faster. I’ve now got a free podcast called Spanish Podcasts for Beginners (http://www.spanish-bookworld.com/spanish-podcasts.html) where I’ve developed a method that resembles what you talk about here. Thanks for the article.

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  • http://www.languageslovers.blogspot.com Language lover

    I like the part 4 when you say “take responsibility for your own learning!” … Some people tend to rely on a teacher/a guide/a method … all that are tools but success depends on oneself. They want to be fluent in a language but they don’t want to pay the price. We are responsible of our success and our failure and we can’t blame a method or a teacher. A language learner has do go beyond his classroom and seek a way to improve his fluency in his target language … he has to be able to use all the new technologies to reach his goal.

    To improve his fluency in his target language, a language learner has to listen to it, read it, write it, and talk with natives … be completely immersed in the language.

    I talk from experience … I blog my insights on: http://www.languageslovers.blogspot.com. English is my third language. Actually, I speak 7 languages.

  • http://www.spanish-schools.com.ar David Green

    Found this really cool article about how to learn a foreign language.
    The best way to learn language is where it is spoken. Only by interacting with native speakers in their home country will you be able to adapt to and discover an entirely new culture. It’s also the best way to practice the language at the same time that you are learning it.
    Studying abroad strengthens your self-confidence and sharpens your intellectual skills.

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    Great ideals , for my 2008 new start,

    Never to late to learn If there is a will,

    Thank you

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  • ada

    ye,i think you are totally right

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  • Neo

    My favorite language learning software is valodas at http://www.valodas.com because it’s free an easy to use. There are many dictionaries, now I’m learning French.

  • http://helloindifferentlanguages.tumblr.com janderson013

    Great tips. I would like to add one more.

    6) Use It!

    Language learning programs work great at the beginning, but they can only prepare you so well for the real thing. It is absolutely vital to put what you are learning into practice in real life situations, ideally with a native speaker.

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  • Milad Mehrabani

    i am iranian .im 16 years old and im so happy that i find the best way to learn foreign language . thanks for this topics .

  • http://www.tanooshka.com Robert

    Well, first of all, thank you for the blog, because you have very much said the opposite of what the major money players in the foreign language market would have one believe…that they can learn from a book, of a $600 cd set that actually only has 500 words (i.e not even close to being enough)…and then when you are done, they claim you are now intermediate, but in truth you cannot even conduct a simple conversation.

    But, now some criticism, you don’t really help a beginning student understand how to go from beginner to someone who can make any sense at all of an MP3 recording, or a book written (for example) in Russian.

    And to the person who said you really have to have skill in it…not true. Sorry, but not true. Everyone learned their first language, and nearly everyone would learn a 2nd as well…if they had no choice.

    But I digress. I spent several years watching Russian TV, and picked up nothing from it. Now I watch Russian TV and I can understand most of it. The breakthrough came when I realized that simple immersion, when its too far above your head, and when its tied to no references…doesn’t work.

    Immersion, like drop me off in the middle of Russia, would work…but for a surprising reason…the people around me, would have no choice but to speak to me simple…in single word sentences at first, until my knowledge built up. TV doesn’t have to do that, neither does an MP3 recording…it has no knowledge or care if the listener understands anything.

    I’m long winded…sorry, but I’ll make my point, you have to start simply…and TV probalby isn’t simple enough, and a regular book, not simple enough.

    Start with the simplest of stories…before you watch a movie, rip the subtitles and translate all the words.
    To get the first hooks into the language, you have to memorize at least 3 or 4 thousand words by brute force.

    Then when you watch tv and understand about half of it, it can start to be a learning experience…especially if your ear is trained, and you can pick out new words and look them up in the dictionary.

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  • http://www.thelanguagelearner.com ariel

    Pick the Breain is great. And right on target, need practice practice practice, and much immersion.. learning a language need not be so tough.

  • http://hostpic.biz Yianni

    Great info.
    What everyone should get out of this is to most of all just relax and let it come natural.
    Dont always get nervous like i did when i first moved abroad! hehe

  • http://www.pakalumni.com/languages Riaz Haq

    I owe my own career to learning a foreign language.
    Like it or not, the globalization tend is here to stay. It doesn’t make sense to fight it. Everyone interested in reaping the benefits of global markets needs to find a way to learn a foreign language the fast and easy way to get ready for international opportunities for employment, trade and business.

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    Com = come
    i = eat
    da = the
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    ti = tie
    en = in
    da = the

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  • http://kliktrans.com Learn English

    In my blog http://kliktrans.com i try to follow your tips.

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  • http://simplylearnarabic.googlepages.com/ Tranquility Girl

    Thankyou for the good simple tips!
    It will help me lots on my website, I’m trying to teach Arabic to adults without lots of frills, just simple and straight to the point. Its a new website so this advise will come to be very handy.
    Many thanks.

  • http://www.english-to-norwegian.piczo.com

    good good good!!! i think this will be very handy, i havent actually tried it out yet. i am learning Norwegian on my own and i am only 13, so thank you very much

    • Keziah Murray

      how you doing it.Are you living in Norway by any chance.Im trying to learn it.Ithink imay be moving to sweden soon would you advise me to learn swedish and live norwegian.Im in love with anorgwegian guy and he enjoys using trying out norwegian phrases with me.Please advise.Iwill be vey thankful.Keziah.murray@gmail.com is my email

  • http://www.ncslearnalanguageresources.com NCS Learn A Language Resources

    Great ideas! Thanks so much! I have been a language enthusiast all my life and a language tutor for almost 10 years now, these are very good tips! Way to go and thanks for posting them!

  • http://portuguesetips.blogspot.com Ananda

    Back to the basics… as you put it, the things you mentioned help you learn well independent of the specific methodology you are using… may forward to some of my students.

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  • http://www.letutor.com Phoenix Arizona Spanish Lessons

    I read Steve’s blog regularly and enjoy his insights. One thing I definitely agree with him on is that language learning takes time. Too many people have that instant gratification attitude when it comes to learning a foreign language.

    Depending on a lot of different factors it can take 6 months to 5 years to learn a foreign language. However, you’ll be able to use and enjoy the skills you learn as you achieve your ultimate goal of full fluency.

  • http://www.eurolanguages.com Ben

    great tips, only thing i would add is:

    6) Go visit the country and start speaking the language

  • VB

    Very helpful advice. I have studied Russian for a while and find many courses are very dry and forget about the ‘enjoy’ part. Some online sites bury you with grammar rules. Would recommend http://www.dotty-dingo.com

  • http://learningvocabularyfast.com Anderson Fleming

    I agree totally that learning words and building vocabulary is important! Myself, I use a method that allows me to memorize 100 words in just 40 to 60 minutes every day, with pretty much a 100% recall rate.

    The system is mnemonics, but I have refined it, and if you like you can have a look at how I do this at my website.

    • Pablo

      learning random words and not applying them to a normal conversation while learning will not be easy when conducting real conversations and trying to remember the words you need.

  • http://learntospeakgermanonline.blogspot.com/ Katherine

    I love your last tip the most: relax and enjoy yourself. Too often we make ourselves miserable. But when having fun, that’s when you learn almost without effort.

  • Olivier

    well I am a spanish speaker I learned english by myself but I don’t find easy to learn a foreing language in a country like mexico, I am learning maybe I don’t have the best grammar or pronunciation but I am trying, it is hard to have a good grammar and good punctuation, neither in my first language I have good punctuation and to speak with native speakers is hard because there are nobody in this area of my country mexico, of course I agree with the topics that you like.. yes I know.. but I would like to find good websites and to hear good pronunciation.. in my case I can’t avoid thinking in my first language despite I have 3 or 4 years learning english.. anyway I hope to see answers from another experiences and native speakers.. I speak spanish btw.. bye for now.. I like this website..

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    Right on target, need practice practice practice, and much immersion. Learning a language need not be so tough.

  • Youssif Zaghwani

    I strongly agree with what you have written. These pieces of advice are worthy if taken into consideration while learning a foreign language. Learning a foreign language is not a matter to know about the language, but most importantly to know how to use the language in a real situation. It is language use not language recognition.

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  • Lina

    I started to learn english when I was 10 years old and now I am 18 and I still go to that english private school. I am very interested in the language and I do some tests for examinations like FCE, CAE…etc. to practice my language skills and I listen to music, watch movies and sometimes chat with my friends in english. In one month I’m going to have CAE exam and I must do my best.

    • marian

      wow,really? but what is your nationality? and what is your original language?

      • Lina

        I’m Serbian and my original language is Serbian :)

  • marian

    Thanks for the great advise! I’m more determined! I want to learn how to speak spanish before i leave my teen years which is a few years from now! but i try so hard to improve my accent though. my spanish doesn’t sound so good. I started with simple phrases and I’m examining the phrases word by word…. hihihihi.. no soy bueno en espanol, but i’m learning!

    spanish is the easiest language to learn if you are fluent in english! Promise!

    read this:


    see? so many similarities!
    ang the rules in learning spanish is very similar in english!!!

    buena suerte!
    ser bueno en espanol.. adios..

    • Igcsaballa

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  • Lina

    When I was younger I used to watch soap operas and the actors were speaking Spanish and I watched it so often that now I understand them without subtitle. :) At school I learn Italian and it is easier to me as I understand spanish.

  • http://www.stepstonative.e-about.net Bob

    Good advice. I like it, especially the “relax and enjoy yourself” part.

    I totally agree with that. I went through it and I know.

    Just learn. You will be surprised by your progress some day.

  • http://www.japanesereview.com Mark

    My favorite way to learn a new language is by listening to (pop) music in my target language. Because you’re enjoying music, your brain is relaxing and subconsciously acclimating to the language. Then later, when you’re learning some new verb construction or whatever, you’ll realize “hey, I remember hearing that in such-and-such song!”

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  • http://www.languagesoftware.net/ Learn language software

    The biggest problem most people face in learning a new language is their own fear. They worry that they won’t say things correctly or that they will look stupid so they don’t talk at all. Don’t do this. The fastest way to learn anything is to do it – again and again until you get it right. Like anything, learning English requires practice. Don’t let a little fear stop you from getting what you want.


  • sonia

    Thank you for your clear and effective tips for learning foreign language. Recently I just start to learn Janpanese. As time goes on I eager to learn more foreign languages. With learning foreign language I feel so good about myself. I am an ordinary housewife with two lovely children..WHO CARES !

  • Ahmad

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    i’m learning English and german and i hope this article would help me learn better and better

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  • http://languagelearninglab.blogspot.com/ Parrish

    This post captured a few important concepts. The most important aspect in language learning is consistency. It is about being in the language daily that will pull results. Sure, ones will, motivation, methods and practice will all play a part, but even the unmotivated person with a poor method will learn if he has a date everyday to learn the language. Of course a motivated person with a good method will learn better and faster.

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    Step one is by far the most important in my opinion. I can say that because I’m bilingual. English is one of the hardest language I’ve encounter but it was easy to learn because i was immerse in it for more than eight hours a day. I tried to learn Spanish in school with 50 minutes of interaction but that didn’t worked as as well. So one is really critical. When you want to learn a language, you have to be immerse.

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    Hi Steve!
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    But what helped me the most was to stick with German the whole trip. I actually even started to think german and avoid English completely. Well it wasn’t possible 100% of the time but the exposure to German in 4 weeks was immense!

    Also repeating grammar lessons over and over helped a lot. Especially with such a grammar intense language as German.

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    Speak without any fear!!!

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    I liked the article. It´s has the resume of the whole process.

    I´ve being studied english for more than 3 years and I haven´t learn all that I really wanted. Firstly, because I didn´t like the english and I though that I should learned it because I need it for my work.

    But the thing is that if you really wanted to learn you have to think in english, forget the spanish. Memorise words and meanings in english. Make the images of the things in your brain and try to conect them together.

    Is very dificult when you try to translate because sometimes we have no idea about how to espeak a properly spanish, so imagine you trying to translate something that you are not sure of the meaning in your own language.

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    Me gusto mucho esta lectura, porque nos da ha entender que si queremos aprender otro idioma se ingles o otro tenemos que meterle todo el esfuerzo si en realidad uno esta interesado, ya que no solo es de saber escribir, sino de saber pronunciar las palabras y como hay que usar estas, dependiendo de lo que vamos a decir, y escribir. Me parece que gracias ha este curso he aprendido del ingles cosas que no sabia.

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    Always Remember 80/20 Rule.

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    Hola, Gracias por esto. Es una muy buena tecnica para aprender ingles, la verdad para mi es un poco dificl entender lo que hablan, es mas facil para mi comprenderlo de un escrito. Es muy sierto que debemos leer todos los dias y las pabras que no entendamos acomodarlas al texto, no traducirlas asi se nos va a ser mas facil aprender este idioma que para algunos nos es muy complejo.

  • holman bautista

    este articulo nos muestra de una manera clara lo que debemos hacer para aprender otro idioma, lo mas importante es el interes, ya que con mucha lectura y practica podemos obtener mejores resultados que en horas de clases de ingles en un instituto, (además es gratis)sin dejar de lado la importancia que tiene el idioma ingles en la globalización.

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  • carlos mario cardona

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  • Juan Pablo Avila

    Muy buen artículo, esta es la base para el conocimiento de cualquier idioma, yo me enfoco en el quinto punto, sin descartar los otros. Muchas gracias.

  • Teresa

    This is very true. I am dyslexic I was forced b my school to learn French and I hated every minute of it! I love Spain and everyday I wished I knew Spanish. Now I have stopped learning french at school and started my first class of Spanish yesterday. I was already at the advantage of knowing lots of spanish already and subconsciously learning it whilst listening to El Canto Del Loco – my favourite band. After school my mum asked me to try and write a small sentence about myself. I ended up writing 2 whole A4 pages of spanish – and my mum commented that I had all the grammer and vocabularly precisely accurate. – whereas my french was terrible after 4 years of studying, 1 day of spanish and I found Spanish 500% easier than french! listening to spanish music helps loads, watching my favourite movies in Spanish is a massive help and watching Spanish news reports and weather reports as well as reading Spanish newspaperarticles online helps loads!


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    Motivation is obviously important and activities which increase motivation are very important. I have found that spending time immersing oneself in the culture of the people who speak the language helps to keep me on track when the going gets tough.

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  • yurys fernandez

    pienso que debemos aprovechar esta oportunidad de aprender ingles y poner en practica cada uno de los conocimientos obtenidos…. hagazmos el esfuerzo de realizar todas las actividades, para asumir este nuevo reto, ya que nos servira en un futuro….

  • katherine martinez

    estos tips son de mucha importancia ya que son base de un buen aprendizaje de esa nueva lengua, en mi caso yo algunas veces veo peliculas en ingles para intentar entender y eso educa mi oido, además aprendo una palabra diaria para asi aumentsar mi vocabulario


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  • Javier Eduardo Calvo Montoya

    Este programa emplea una metodologia interesante, bastante enriquecedora y ,lo mas importante muy pràctica para un aprendizaje adecuado de modo tal que por medio de este proceso se nos facilita el conocimiento de este lenguaje y personalmente me abre las puertas a nivel laboral.en diferentes paises del mundo


    este curso es muy inportante para nosotros ….viendo la metodologia de este curso me parese muy interesant poder conprender esdte idioma tan importante en la actualidad.

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  • elias

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    it is not easy learn other language, because it is a cultural product, know works, verbs and phrases are not enough, is important to think like them.

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    Secondly, there is another excellent options for people who owns iPad or iPhone, iTunes offers some very interesting and equally good Spanish language learning app. For iPad we have some very good Spanish language learning apps like – Hello-Hello Spanish, uTalk Spanish and some more (I am sure you will find out more names in the iTunes), but I have tried out both the above apps and I am learning from both for the time being. Both are good with their own advantages.

    Among these options, which one suits you better, depends on your personal convenience and likings. But I am sure all of them are worth for trying out for once.

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    Good stuff! I’d like to add another point: Mistakes are good! Make lots, and welcome corrections. I’ve found this to be the most powerful tool when learning a new language.

  • rosa

    hola atodos los invito aque se interesen por este curso ya que nos da muchos privilejios,para asi conocer, aprender mas del ingles y interactuar mucho mas y aprender nuevas lenguas.


    Hola queridos conpañeros espero que con esta lectura hallan aprendido verdaderamente como se aprende el ingles o cualquier otro idioma, debemos ponerle mucho interes, entusiasmo y no tan solo eso si no escuharlo y practicarlo porque si uno no lo practica todos los dias se pierde la secuencia y se va olvidando, en esta vida casi todo es la practica constante para no perder la secuencia de las cosas.
    y a usted querido intructor gracias por colocarnos esa lectura que a mi personalmente me ayuda a seguir adelante con este curso de inges.

  • linda del real

    hola a todos

    el idioma ingles se ha convertido en el idioma universal lo que nos indica que es fundamental el aprendizaje del mismo y este curso es una muy buena opcion para empezar a aprender este idioma con el cual es posible la comunicacion con personas de diferentes paises,sin embargo,esto solo sera posible si el curso se lleva a cabo con una actitud positiva dedicando el tiempo necesario a escuchar las pronunciaciones y practicando el idioma.


    Buenas noches a todos, Este curso, me ha parecido muy interesante, yaqué con este aprendemos un nuevo idioma que de alguna manera no será muy útil en el futuro.
    También nos sirve para incrementar nuestros conocimientos acerca este e idioma y los beneficios que este nos traerá, tanto pronunciación como en la traducción, profesor siga utilizando esa metodología en el curso es muy adecuada, yaqué de esta manera obtenemos un buen nivel de aprendizaje.
    Que Dios los Bendiga.

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  • ibeth

    Esta lectura trata de que importante es aprender otras lenguas, los invito a hacer este curso y todos lo que tenga que ver con otros idiomas.

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    Could I also add that immersion in the culture of the language you’re learning is important for a number of reasons. Even if you can’t live in that culture right now, reading about it can do wonders for your motivation and I know from personal experience, you won’t learn without motivation.

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    Frente a los 5 aspectos fundamentales para aprender un idioma extrangros mi aprendezaje soy una persona que tiene muy claro cule son mis propositos y por eso el tiempo disponible que me queda durante el dia para reforsar mis conosimientos aserca del idioma ingles en cuanto los aspectos de lectura,escritura y pronosiaccion .Siempre asumo la responsabilidad o consecuensia de mis acciones en este curso en cuanto a las dificultades que se me presente derante el desarrolo de sus unudades y actividades.

    Imbito a todas aquellas personas que de una u otra forma tienen dificultad para desarrollar las unidades y actividades de este curso virtial a tener una mayor fuerza de voluntad que se motiben y que se trasen un proposito para poder salir triunfante derante este reto didactico.

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    Despues de analizar el texto anteriormente leido he llegado a la conclusion que es un metodo que ademas de ser eficas es muy practico, que nos permite aprender a dominar el ingles dee una manera rapida sin invertir tanto tiempo
    Ademas estoy muy deacuerdo con ustedes por que si quieres en realidad apreder a dominar ,escrivir,hablar INGLES es facil siestas deacuerdo con lo que haces pero si no lo deseas por mas que estudies sera mas una tortura que una simple clase

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    It’s ok right now i can speak spanish, english and a little German.
    Ich sprechen nur englisch, spanisch.

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    “wanting to learn
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    Are you sure you’re native to English??

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  • David

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    Here’s the question. How many words should I learn everyday to build my English vocabulary?

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    Also, principles of motivation (true motivation, not just enthusiasm) are necessary to see you through to fluency.

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  • Gabby

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    and i’m interested in further continuing learning chinese.
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  • Shiferaw Bejie

    Hello Dears,

    I saw your website.I like it.It also serves to make friends!Lots of Thanks for that.

    I need to have a friend who need to learn English and who also will teach me French! I like french the Romantic Language!

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  • Adri Aldridge

    I have been cramming norweigion into my head for the past couple of weeks but I still don’t know how to speak it. Any ideas? I have been having trouble finding someone who speaks it…

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=731811127 Andrew Weiler

    Good advice.  If you want suggestions that can actually improve the way you go about language learning check out:

    For eg…with vocabulary you will more readily remember what you learn if you put the words you learn into sentences ( in the target language) that clarify the meaning of the word AND the sentence is personal and full of meaning for you! For eg. 
    “This blue PEN is the one my mum gave me for my 14th birthday and now I only use it in my exams.”

  • Miolya

    Listen to music with the text of words, watch films and travel a lot to those countries where this language is spoken.

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  • Anonymous

    I completely agree.  I started learning French via Fluenz several months ago and just spending the time to sit down and do the lessons within a schedule (and not just whenever I feel like it) makes all the difference in the world.  I’ve also found the best way to listen and read the language more often is to find a live streaming radio station, then follow a couple DJs on their Twitter.  You get real world conversational style reading and writing.

  • Carrie Kwan

    A really cool way to learn a foreign language is forcing yourself to chat with people! I don’t know if you’ve heard of Ortsbo… but it’s basically a real-time chat translation tool. You go to Ortsbo, and sign in to your favorite chat service (like Facebook Chat, MSN, Google Talk etc) and then you can send emails in one language, but your friend receives it in another, all in real-time! It’s a really great language learning tool, and they have more in their product line!! GREAT for traveling! 

  • rara vez

    I am trying to learn spanish and at times i find it very hard to memorize lot of words and also at times i feel it’s pretty hard.
    English is my second language and the medium which i am using to learn spanish is english only…hope not because of this i am finding it hard to learn.
    I am self learning it and it has been almost 2months now.
    Biggest problem is i forget lot of words.
    Hope someday i will master this language.

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  • AtlantaLanguageLessons

    Great tips – one of my favorite things to do is search for foreign language films at the video store or Netflix and watch a movie in the new language – not only are you training your ears, you hear real conversational speech.

  • Anonymous

    Having fun is certainly a great suggestion! There are too many people that take learning a new language too seriously and see it as a stressful undertaking rather than exciting new opportunity.

  • Wjharding

    Vague advice. “Relax…have fun.” Same advice for learning how to canoe.

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    I think the fourth point is the most important to consider!

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    Learning langauges is definetely a good thing! Nowadays it’s important to speak several languages if you want to have a goo djob and travel arounf the world.
    Look how you can learn chinese http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ-Rskq9iZ4

  • Suzan

    The best thing about learning French at 60 is there are no quizzes, exams, or grades to interfere with the enjoyment of learning my new language. I studied German for 5 years or so both high school and university and it was so stressful! Sure, I can get along in German but I will never like it the way I do French. I have been studying French for a year and a half and have just started a blog at french60andmore@blogspot.com

  • Jane Norris

    I think any sort of exposure is helpful. I really like lexia books, but I am an avid reading so they fit in with my lifestyle really well. They incorporate whatever language you are learning into classic english books so you can read but also get exposure to new vocabulary. Anyway if your interested check them out http://www.lexiabooks.com

  • Javier Martínez Vidal

    I couldn´t
    agree with you more. In my opinion, your own motivation is the most important
    part. To stay in contact with the language that you want to learn, as time as you
    can, is essential. Luckily, nowadays with The Net, we can always be speaking
    with people of a lot of countries and improve ours skills from our own house!


    If you ask
    me, I will encourage you to write more post like this and keep studying,
    congratulations again for your advice!


    I think the most important when you are studying a foreign lenguage is to believe that all people can learn if they spend time all days, reading, writing, listening and of course, speaking with other people. I think is possible to reach a reasonable level, but you have to see it, not as a compulsory thing. You have to see it like an amazing challenger and you must to think yourself and say very loudly: ” Yes, I can”

  • http://www.learnfrenchlanguagequick.com/ Learn French

    I feel delighted to read such a good post. This post is good with regards of both knowledge and information. We appreciate that learning another language can be difficult, and maintaining motivation or even getting started is never an easy task.

    Different methods were intended to get you started, aiding you in your desire to learn french, spanish, or any languages.

  • Henry

    Good post mate. When I was learning German I found the hardest things was actually taking ownership and sticking to it. I found some cool exercises and vocab lists here http://www.rocketlanguages.com/free-language-resources which really helped me.

  • Jonathan S

     This is an excellent article. I wish I had paid attention to number five before my last examination.

  • Sattar

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  • Foreign Language

    This is a great article about learning a foreign language. It’s really true that you must enjoy yourself while learning.  Doing so makes it more enjoyable much like a person who loves food and loves to cook. Thanks for a great article!

  • http://foreignlanguagesite.com Omowali Isidore

    Great article! These points are extremely important for beginners to learn a foreign language. 

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  • Skarockater

    Everyone learns at a different rate and using different techniques. My native language is Spanish and I learned English through tv and eventually became fluent by joining the U.S. Army. Now I’m beginning to study Russian and I already know that the technique that works for me is thinking and practicing 24/7 about that language. I know it’s kind of obvious but if I want to be fluent someday, hopefully, it needs to be done like that. But then again, to do this you have to love the language you are studying, otherwise you’ll begin to find excuses and pretty soon you’ll quit. I agree with Steve, practice, practice, practice!

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  • http://twitter.com/Addicted2Italy Addicted2Italy

    I think the important one is to relax and enjoy yourself, and don’t worry about making a mistake or looking foolish!  That’s why kids can pick it up so easily, is that they do not have the fear.

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  • Emma

    Great advice, I am twelve and I just stared teaching myself  korean out of  interest. This was a big help.

  • Willeeoz

    I’m wondering, what is the best way to learn academic English for studying at the Masters or PhD level?

  • http://twitter.com/Rudy_eila Rudy Ailabouni

    I have been learning German for about 8 months ON MY OWN!

    It really isn’t that hard… All that you need is some determination… Now I can speak very well German.Whenever you don’t know a meaning of a word, look it up in the dictionary, even if it gets annoying sometimes, keep doing it!Watch movies in the language with subtitles in English or whatever your first language is.Listen to songs in the foreign language, have the lyrics in front of you, and have the translation of the lyrics if possible as well, and read both of them when you listen to the song.

  • http://www.AboutLearningChinese.com Alex Moen

    Overall, a good post.  However, I’d have to disagree with your sentence saying that one hour of listening or reading is better than many hours of classroom learning.  If you get a small class and personalized attention, I’ve found an hour a day in the classroom to be tremendously helpful.  Not only that, but you can ask questions and have more tailored info for what suits you best.

    Are all classes great?  Not necessarily.  And, perhaps it depends on your learning style, but I personally gain more from actively using the language (speaking and writing) than passively absorbing it (reading and listening).  Not to diminish reading and listening though, because that helps expand and fine-tune my speaking and writing.

    So, keep that in mind, and try a well-rounded approach, and don’t necessarily write-off classes as useless.

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  • http://twitter.com/getbilingual Christine Jernigan

    I love this site and how put the responsibility in the hands of the learner. When I learned French in college it just wasn’t like this and I felt helpless in my learning. I’m doing research on how to teach yourself another language and then how to share the language with your child. Check out some quick videos on http://www.youtube.com/getbilingual and I’d love to hear what other topics would help you learn a language.

  • http://twitter.com/getbilingual Christine Jernigan

    I love this site and how put the responsibility in the hands of the learner. When I learned French in college it just wasn’t like this and I felt helpless in my learning. I’m doing research on how to teach yourself another language and then how to share the language with your child. Check out some quick videos on http://www.youtube.com/getbilingual and I’d love to hear what other topics would help you learn a language.

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    I like your tips.  Thanks!

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  • http://www.lingua-room.com/ Miolya

    Relax and enjoy yourself – this part I liked most of all? because Focuson words and phrases is quite difficult and boring. It’s better just to enjoy the process of learning anything! As for me, learning a language is a great virtual or  real trip! So how can someone not to enjoy it&!

  • RoXana

    I’ve been studying english for about 4 years . that was so boring but it was a rewarding experience  . I learned how To learn a foreign language instead ;i learned how to encode the vocab and phrases in my mind. the secret actually is to learn some basic concept and pattern of that language ; i mean first you should know how their language is spoken ( you can get that from watching movies and listening the musics of that language) and the second step is to learn some basic word and phrases of that language , then if u found it enjoyable you’re completely ready to go forward and learn it. (the worst thing that may  make you disappointed is to study Grammer)
    but by this way you can learn it automatically . by this way i easily could learn ,russian (whch was absolutely great coz i learned it in russia and i was interacting with native people ) , Arabic ( which is near to my native language persian) and also a little german. i hope it can help you . after learning the second language your mind will be working with more complexity and you’ll find it easier to encode things in your brain . and you’ll find it easier to learn a third language.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001743798250 Jane Sumerset

    Thanks for your language learning tips. I had a look at another site http://www.languagesoftware.net/ where they compare software to learn a language. Any idea where to get software the cheapest?

  • http://twitter.com/KateLThomas Kate Thomas

    Great article.  I just posted about this topic myself.  Having learned 3 languages, I had to get pretty creative to reach my goals.  http://bit.ly/zg4Iqk

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  • Christinejernigan

    Love this article, especially the part about relaxing and having fun… I”m writing a guidebook for parents interesting in learning a second language and teaching it to their kids. I’m making free videos that go along with chapters as I write: http://www.youtube.com/getbilingual             Let me know in the comments section of the youtube channel if you have topics you’d like to see covered.

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  • Shaxboz

    The best text I have ever read. Thanks a lot

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    i’ve never read such generic study advice before

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  • Kam

    yeah that is rieght  eveyday wanna i get up  iam learn chinese langugae and english …but i am so do it that 5 step .you now any langugae u learn u mosly have  you freinds that help you but  if u not have some one help u you never be learn .language is the bet easly  study major  …. i am apretiate  hall motivation u gave me .or us……..thank you a lot .

  • Slemieux

    hello! I’m new on this blog,my name Serge , I’m french from Quebec province in canada I would like to get better in english but more to understand it.  

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  • Gabe Wyner

    I needed to learn to speak 3-4 languages over the past few years for my job, and in the process have landed on a pretty damn good method.  It got me to C1 fluency in French in about 5 months, and I’m currently using it with Russian (and plan on reaching C1 equivalent fluency by September).  At this point, I go in 4 stages:

    Stage 1: Learn the correct pronunciation of the language.  Doing this does a few things –  because I’m first and foremost learning how to hear that language’s sounds, my listening comprehension gets an immediate boost before I even start traditional language age learning.  Once I start vocabulary training, I retain it better because I’m familiar with how words should sound and how they should be spelled.  (Correct spellings in French, for example, are much easier to remember when there’s a connection between the spelling and the sound), and once I finally start speaking to native speakers, they don’t switch to English for me or dumb down their language, which is awesome sauce.


    Stage 2: Vocab and grammar acquisition (itself in a few stages), no English allowed

    I start with a frequency list and mark off any words I can portray with pictures alone (basic nouns and verbs).  I put those in an [URL=http://ankisrs.net/]Anki[/URL] deck and learn them.  Once I have some words to play with, I start putting them together.  I use Google translate and a grammar book to start making sentences, then get everything doublechecked at lang-8.com.  Turning them into fill-in-the-blank flashcards builds the initial grammar and connecting words.  As vocab and grammar grow, I eventually move to monolingual dictionaries and writing my own definitions for more abstract words (again doublechecked at lang-8.com).  This builds on itself; the more vocab and grammar you get, the more vocab and grammar concepts you can describe in the target language.  Eventually you can cover all the words in a 2000 word frequency list and any specific vocab you need for your specific interests.

    Stage 3: Listening, writing and reading work

    Once I have a decent vocabulary and familiarity with grammar, I start writing essays, watching TV shows and reading books.  Every writing correction gets added to the Anki deck, which continues to build my vocab and grammar.

    Stage 4: Speech

    At the point where I can write ‘fluently’, I find some place to immerse in the language and speak all the time (literally.  No English allowed or else you won’t learn the skill you’re trying to learn, which is adapting to holes in your grammar or vocabulary by going around them rapidly and automatically without having to think about it).  I prefer Middlebury college, but a few weeks in the target country will work as well if you’re very vigorous with sticking to the target language and not switching to English.  If you’re extremely strict with yourself, your brain adapts pretty quickly and learns how to put all the info you learned in stages 1-3 together quickly enough to turn into fluent speech.


    I’ve written a (not yet available) book on the topic and a (now available) website, at http://www.towerofbabelfish.com

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    Hi everyone! Join our friendly group about languages on facebook please. http://www.facebook.com/groups/234500386629896/

  • Marielinlochard

    I think it is entertaining and cool. I already know my three native languages: Russain, French, English. but i want to know more and was about to buy the Pimsleur, “Learn a language in 10 days thing”, so thanks.  

  • Suestreet8

    How true, exactly right!

  • http://twitter.com/Addicted2Italy Addicted2Italy

    Yes, it’s important to enjoy the process, but also not be afraid to make mistakes, everyone starts at zero, but if you continually practice, you’ll get to where you want to go.

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    Norwegian is an incredibly easy language to learn if you already speak english. You can get started at http://www.norwegianlanguagecourse.com for free. 

  • http://www.sukiho.com/ Brian

    I think the main problem is just doing it. We have a site at http://www.worldwordexchange.com and many people sign up to learn but very few actually come back and try it. Most methods will work to some degree but unless you do it you wont learn.

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    Good advice for our life and great to learn language.

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    This has been a great resource, animated stories with Same Language Subtitles. The video, audio e text are synchronized, very helpful to practice read and listening.

  • Suzuki

    Nice to see your method to learn foreign language.
    Recently, I have made a concern anout language learning because a person told me that people need to get meaning in passages in a language they are laerning after that thay need to read it in their own language, when they read document in the foreign language to learn.
    Her idea is just agaist for my way which to get a second language in the language itself but my native on so that one could come to know how people use the language in their sense.
     Then I have seen your word ‘Discover the language by your self without waiting for others to show you the langauge.’
    It’s rarely seen that proffesionals to tell how to learn language tells learners to find their own way because people knowing a method might be afraid of tendency of some mistakes for leaners in bigin.

    I am also telling my own way of that especially to Japanese rearching by myself currently.
    I would like to chat you to be aware for that even on Skipe.

  • KianAnn

    I am on week 3 of learning French. I love modern music in French, so that makes it easy to listen to it all day long. I want to learn French so I can understand the music better. I feel like a child that yearns to understand what my favorite artists are saying. This is my driving factor. Yes I fell in love with French on my own. I even have my favorite French singers to learn from, so I watch interviews and stuff besides listening to their music. Thanks for the advice, most of it I have been doing, but it’s nice to see your positive encouragement. Sometimes I get frustrated at the learning curves, but like you say, it is becoming clearer all the time. 

  • Brad

    Great place to start is http://www.livemocha.com  Its completely free unless you want tutor assistance but otherwise you meet people from the country you are learning the language of. The lessons are easy to pick up. Just be aware of all the spam messages within the site. All languages available. ( I don’t work for them lol)

  • Elizabeth Mahlou

    I have read your book, Steve, and there is some good advice in it. I think, though, that even you would have benefitted from the seven tools to rapid language improvement taught to US foreign service officers by Boris Shekhtman. His little book, How to Learn a Foreign Language Immediately, delivers what the title promises and is a remarkable assist to language learners. Would love to hear your opinion of it.

  • Tahera

    I’ve like this method what  suggestion is given. It is true that you’ve to enjoy what you are doing. Vocabulary is the most impotent to be fluent .  And don’t give up.

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    Yes, I agree with Steve, again. But it is also very important to understand where to start and how to start learning a language. Starting the learning process can be overwhelming and it puts a lot of people off from progressing beyond lesson two, or three….
    There are some good suggestions how to start the learninng process and what to focus on first on http://www.londonlanguagestudio.co.uk/learning-tips

    These tips are based on the language learning experience of a professional linguist, who speaks ten languages and has dedicated her career to language teaching.

  • http://blog.telelanguage.com/ Jordan Parker

    You are spot on. It takes a lot of time and a lot of effort, but learning a language is well worth the trouble!

  • Francis

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  • Prizrachok

    I hate to learn English, but it need to me for my future studies…

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    I googled a couple of things finding out the best way for me to learn a language. I came across a website called http://learn-the-world.weebly.com/ and it contains a little quiz that will then tell you the best way for you to learn the website. I liked it because it took my budget into account and how long a day I can learn the new language.  It gave me a list of websites and software that I could look into. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn a new language.

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  • Loveonedirection163

    These steps for learning a new language is actually correct. I really agree that when you’re learning a new language you have to focus on it and give time so you can actually learn it  or learn some words from that language. You take control of it. Some people are really interested and willing to do it like me. I’ve been trying to learn how to read and write Korean and I have known some basic words from the language but what’s difficult for me while learning this language is that nobody is teaching me this language so I have to be responsible in learning this by myself. If you’re really interested and willing to learn a language, you have to do it and there are a lot of ways to learn without anyone teaching you. You can use books, internet, dictionaries, or anything that can help you. I know when nobody is teaching or tutoring you to this language it’s very difficult but for me even if there’s no teacher who can teach me learning this language, i’m willing to learn it by myself so I could actually be proud of myself. I’m willing to learn something new everytime. Learning different kind of language is very fun. You get to discover l0ts of different kinds of words. I really wanna learn several languages even if I have to do it myself. I’m really hoping I could learn like maybe 5 languages. That’s kind of a lot. So hopefully, when I finished learning Korean I could learn another language. Learning is pretty fun and i’m always interested in learning different things. I’m full of confidence when I’m learning something that I’m interested to and this is a START! Good Luck to me and to everybody else who’s learning a language like I am. Just take time and just have fun while learning.

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  • KC Bird

    Hello Steve, Great article.  I have been learning Dutch and could not agree more with your 5 suggestions.  I would love to share with your readers an awesome site you can learn a language for free.  It is http://www.lingohut.com, I hope your readers find it as awesome as I do.

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    Onelook for their reverse directory and frazeit for their search by context and source.


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  • Orchidfur

    Its true, I am learning Korean and listening to the music really helps, I find myself noticing words I hear over and over. :)

  • Artur Barroca da Cunha

    I do not speak english well and I would like to! I have learn alone start reading and translate a lot of technical books! I do not ear well and so it´s very hard to understand the movies or a talk between two or more people! To understand well I need to watch the mouth and lips movies! So I think my best way to learn more is to get shorts CDs with shorts story to read and listening at the same time! By the way I’m 77 years old! So what do you recommend I must do or I must follow?

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    Great Article! These are like rule of thumbs for learning a new language! Take learning Chinese for example, many thought it is difficult to learn Mandarin Chinese. In my opinion, Chinese is one of the most interesting languages in the world! Chinese is a picture language, which means ancient Chinese people draw different pictures as Chinese characters out of everything they saw in the environment! Therefore, the best way to learn well the language, in my opinion, is to learn the radical of the characters first, which by itself usually has a hint from the writing (or drawing) and then forms the character.

    For those who want to explore more this mysterious ancient language and culture, http://chinesehulu.com/ has a bunch of video lessons. Just check it out! : )


    Every Students should properly know Foreign Language Requirements.


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  • robert5467890

    and while your doing all those things that were just mentioned that makes you racist as you go along by learning them from day one and that is how racism was inducted in the social community by the skin color and the list that was mentioned that was taught to everybody to us to speak the second language.

  • robert5467890

    i disagree with number 5 it does matter a whole lot it does to whites it matters a wholt it matters a great deal to them.We take real pride in ares you can make this one big fat joke to yourselves for all we care but we are Serious on are issues when you press the envelope we give it back to you

  • robert5467890

    i disagree with number 1 they need to give us every explanation of what they are talking about and going through like we are supposed to know what they are talking about and how the way they feel about things or certain things give me a break what garbage that is

  • robert5467890

    accuracy counts for everything

  • robert5467890

    fluent like who can understand a fluent language on what they are speaking what they are saying what they are talking about what they are writing or writing about or what they are interpreting about or translating about or how money is being used and how food and other things are being used for expenses as well.

  • robert5467890

    do not remember you must remember otherwise you will be lost for good if nobody can understand then why have this as a teaching tool or a learning tool to begin with in your teaching systems.Can not say it does matter what you say everything matters what you say in the real world .Cannot control bullshit you need to control your mentally actions for the actions you create and take part in yourselves you are fully responsible for any ongoing occurance that you create with irresponible actions and irresponsible behavior as well and need to take care of your mentally behavior as well.

  • robert5467890

    when you study a foreign language how are you improving us when your wasting are valuable time and yours

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