We have all been there. Thinking that you have way too much to do to handle it and not being able to wrap your mind around how all of that is going to work out. Well, let me tell you, I’ve been in this situation quite often and every time I tend to panic and trying to find a way out of the situation. After having to deal with tons of stress in terms of moving not only house but countries, having numerous assignments, papers and exams at the end of the semester and juggling with a job, you can imagine how stressful life can get. Now, with the beginning of the new semester, school year or just adjusting to the back-at-work time after the holidays we have to get back on track with everything quite fast. So here are a few tips I’ve been putting into practice to make my life easier in such times.
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.