If you are reading this post, I am mostly sure you have either been in my situation or you are about to be. If I have to be honest, Latin was the biggest challenge in my studies and since I never had it in school, I had to do an additional exam at the university in order to finish my studies.
As now I am almost through with everything and writing my BA-paper, I needed to settle things with Latin ASAP. What I did was not the wisest thing I admit and mainly, leave it for the very end. I’ve always told myself: “There is time” or “I have too much going on right now to deal with it”, but honestly all of that was just my itty-bitty friend called “procrastination” whispering in my ear.
So, guys, I know for some this is always a challenge. Some have a natural hunch for languages, some don’t. I speak five-ish languages, so I want to share with you my experience on how I learn languages faster and more efficiently without making the process tedious and redundant.
- Be motivated
As with everything, you have to be motived about the thing you are doing, otherwise, it won’t work out and you don’t need to be a genius to realize that. This goes for learning a new language as well. Maybe you are going to Italy for a trip with friends or on your own? – Then wouldn’t it be nice to order your pasta and gelato like a true Italian? Or if you just see it as a way to improve your CV? This can be a motivation enough, especially in times like this when the world is becoming more and more globalized.
2. Find someone around you who knows the language
I know that speaking with a native speaker can be a bit nerve-racking. You always wonder if they will think your accent sounds funny or if the things you are saying are just a bunch of jibberish. I have to assure you that in most cases if the person as well is a speaker of more than one language they are aware that learning and perfecting a language takes a lot of time and practice. If someone makes fun of you for trying, then I would just tell you they are close-minded and not worth talking with. Mastering a new language is a challenge, especially if this is a language which does not belong to your language group (Romance, Slavic, Germanic, Baltic etc.). Therefore, try to talk as much as you can with someone who is proficient in the language and can help you out with odd things and special traits of the language.