When it comes to learning language, there comes a point when you have to put all of your books and apps down, and just practice speaking. You will notice that there are many different ways in which you can practice your new skill and improve on it even further. If you are not sure where to start, read on to find some suggestions.
1. Speaking with other people
Many would argue that the best and fastest way you can improve a language is to use it regularly. Speaking with other people, whether other learners or native speakers, will allow you to practice pronunciation, vocabulary, thinking in that language, as well as listening and comprehension. You will probably pick up new words and expressions as well, which always comes in hand. Speaking to other people can sometimes be difficult because listening to people speak at a fast pace and often using colloquial terms is completely different than listening to tapes or your teacher who is constantly trying to provide you with perfect examples.
A great thing about learning a new language is that you can now read books in that language. If you are not ready for novels, try reading children’s books first. They are usually written in a language beginner learners can easily understand, so you shouldn’t have any problems with them. You can then slowly progress and read more and more difficult books until you reach your goal. You can also try reading magazines or websites in that language, or even change the language on your phone so that you are forced to use it every time you unlock your phone.
3. Listening to music
Every culture has its signature music, and when you learn new languages you are also opening yourself to different songs you can now listen to. Through songs, you can practice your listening skills as well as vocabulary, plus you might find a new favorite song you didn’t even know existed. Soon after you will find a favorite singer or a group, and you will have the whole discographies to explore.
4. Watching movies and TV shows
If you like watching movies and TV shows, you can use that as an incredible way of improving a language you are learning. First, you can watch movies in that language, with or without the subtitles, depending on your level. You can also watch movies in your native language but with the subtitles, in the language, you are learning so that you connect some phrases you know well with new words and expressions. If you are not a huge fan of movies and TV shows, you can watch youtube or other videos your target language and practice that way.