5 language learning tips to start speaking in a week
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1. Start language learning from verbs in present tense
Language learning should begin from verbs. Learn to conjugate verbs in present tense, learn the verb “to be”, then learn conjugation in past and future tenses. Learn only one form of present/past/future tense in the beginning – in this step you need to be able to say only simple things. Other tenses will be later, just a bit later. Add modal verbs and reflexive verbs then, and after verbs add other parts of speech. If your target language have cases – learn them right after verbs. Then learn other tenses. Don’t learn pronunciation of syllables in the beginning, learn to pronounce only special characters that you didn’t know before, and read rules of stressed syllables if they exist or if they are not long.
2. Draw a structured plan of essential grammar
Verbs in present/past/future tenses, then cases of nouns, then genders of adjectives or anything that you want. This plan is not about “greetings, goodbyes, how are you’s”, this is about essential grammar. A language is grammar tree, and words are only leafs. Draw a block scheme or just write a list. If you have a ready plan – you see what you’re going to do, and it will take much less time to learn. Probably you know what it’s like to learn conjugation in past perfect tense today and future progressive tomorrow without knowing what to learn next. Just imagine, you have plan, for example:
“Day 1: Verbs in present tense, in past tense, in future tense, modal verbs;
Day 2: genders of nouns and adjectives, cases;
Day 3: cases, progressive tenses” and so on, depending on your target language. It will shorten the process dramatically.
3. Listen since the beginning till the fluency
Passive listening is a controversial subject, there are many opinions about usefulness of this method. Some people say it is helpful, some say opposite. According to my experience – it helps a lot, maybe it works not for everybody, but also it is possible that a certain person can share opposite opinion before reaching the result. The result will be not at once, but it should be. You will listen, in first hours and days you will not catch words from speech, but in some days you will, probably. And you will hear word constructions and sentences, and it will get better and better. Once you will even start to understand songs in your target language. Do passive listening, it is analogue of language environment in your current location. Also, passive listening can be used for memorizing pronunciation instead of long and boring memorization of rules of pronunciation.Use language exchange chats
There are such services as Hellolingo and Sharedlingo, they both came from closed Sharedtalk. It is language exchange chats where you can practice a language online with native speakers or with other learners. Just choose an interlocutor from list of online users and talk! These chats help me a lot with each language I learn. Also you can find new friends! By the way, PlusSpeak has own language exchange chat too! Our chat is designed for group communication in language rooms.
4. Think in the target language
Since the very beginning, start thinking in your target language using all that you know, even if you know three words only and only one tense. Change words of your native language in thoughts. If you don’t know how to say something, try to create a good nonsense in your mind. For example, you forgot the word “matches” – mind something like “stuff that makes fire”, just do it in target language.
5. Listen songs in your target language!
There is a lot of music in all languages, not only in English and Spanish! When you learn a language, you can find a lot of songs that would become your favorite ones. And they will help you learn a language: find lyrics and translate all words that you don’t know yet, and then listen again some times, and you will increase your vocabulary and perception skills.
After reading and/or implementing these five things in language learning, it’s time to analyze previous process, and compare with current process. When you start to learn a new language, try start from verbs, then make write a plan, do passive listening and think in your target language. Listen and translate songs in target language. Then analyze results! All of these tips will allow you to speak in hours, not years!