There are many benefits to speaking a second language. As well as better career opportunities, it is a proven fact that keeping your brain active with new linguistic skills slows the onset of dementia. But, if you find learning a new language tough, you need these scientifically-backed tips.
Mimic language sounds iTranslate Voice
Language is a phonic experience. In other words, being able to detect and replicate the sounds of any given language is an important part of being to use it with confidence.
Practice your new language speaking skills with clever apps such as iTranslate Voice.
Check out Duolingo
We make noise by pushing air through our vocal cords, by placing our tongue in a certain position and by changing the shape of our mouth.
A common issue that stops people sounding ‘right’ when it comes to speaking a new language is how well they adopt tongue position and mouth shapes.
For example, in some languages, rolling the ‘r’ sound is important in annunciating some words. Learning how to make this sound is therefore important but the sound so very different from one language to another, that it can be hard to pick up on the skill.
Duolingo is a fun, interactive and successful online site for helping you get to grips with speaking a new language. Better still, it promises to be free forever.
Space out learning with Open Culture
Cramming or jumbling all your learning together in one long session is not, contrary to what you may think, helping you to learn something any faster! OpenCulture allows you to download mp3 files so you can listen and learn at a time that suits you.
This is known as spaced repetition system of learning is a technique developed by German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus. He found that people who spaced out their learning learnt more effectively and efficiently than those learners who crammed it all together.
When it comes to learning a language, learning a word or phrase once a day for five days is better than ‘cramming’ it five times into one day.
Talk to other lnaguage-learners with Livemocha
Practising your new language skills is key to it being both useful but also a skill that stays with you. Livemocha gives you access to free lessons and tutorials but also connects you to a community of other language learners. Practice makes perfect!
Watch and learn with Mango
What’s unique about Mango is the combination of film and culture as a language-learning tool. With both web and app options, the small monthly payment is well-worth the experience you get. Using AI, it also adapts and flexes phrases so that you learn the parts of a language that are useful for you. In other words, you’re learning the parts of a language that you need!
Learning a new language is fun, especially when you learn in a way that you enjoy. And that means learning words and phrases that you can use every day.