How to learn a new language in a month
One of my goals in 2020 was to learn a new language. But with the pandemic and the online classes, I lost the zest to learn a new language, let alone to even get out of bed. But this year, I decided to learn a new language no matter what, and now I can safely say that I can speak, understand write a little bit of french.
Two important things motivated me to learn a new language. One of them was a Ted talk by Stephen Duneier, and another one was a Youtube video by popular Youtuber Nathaniel Drew, where he learned to speak and write in Italian in seven days.
Then I thought to myself, "If they can, then why not me?"
I have always been fond of learning new languages, and this time, I badly wanted to excel at speaking one foreign language. After seeing the popular Netflix series Emily in Paris, I decided to learn french, and so far it has been 13 days of learning and I am pretty impressed with myself! (I am not being a douche here, I swear!)
Here, I am listing down nine techniques that have helped me to learn a new language as a beginner with 0 experience. Hope you enjoy reading!
8 techniques to learn a new language in a month
1. Google and find 1000 commonly used words in that particular language
By trying out this technique, you will be able to understand and get an idea about all the commonly used words in that language. This way, you can start easy and learn only the essential elements without having to learn all the words in that particular language. Plan smart and do not follow the classroom technique of learning everything. Just start slowly by only learning the necessary usages. If you think about it, whenever we study a new language; we are first introduced to the alphabets and then to the commonly used words in that language like colors, animals, salutations, and similar. Try using the flashcard technique of learning and memorizing, and try to study at least 10 days per day. Remember to review them every single day too.
2. Learn the commonly used verbs and try conjugating them
This is where things start becoming a little hard. But push yourself and keep on going!
Learn all the verbs in their present tense first, so that it becomes easier to conjugate them in their past and future tense. Most of the verbs follow similar rules of conjugation and only a few of them are rare exceptions. For example, sang and sung are the past tense and the past participle of the word "Sing". Similarly, rang and rung are the past tense and the past participle of the word Ring". Notice how both of these words get conjugated in a similar way in their past tense and past participle. So study words that get conjugated in similar ways and also keep in mind, the rare exceptions.
3. Keep a journal to write simple sentences
Remember the good old days, where as kids, we used to write about our daily lives in broken English in our secret journals? Yes, this is exactly what I am talking about. Maintain a journal where you write about your life in simple sentences. You do not have to sound intelligent or write complicated sentences! You just need to write simple sentences that are structured in the right way. This way, you will get introduced to learning and formulating sentences in that particular language, which will aid your speaking and writing skills.
4. Keep a daily account of what you are learning
On the backside of your notebook, maintain a record of what you are learning that particular day and rate how well you have learned your pieces. For example, if you are learning grammar on Monday, vocabulary on Tuesday, and learning to formulate sentences on Wednesday, track down your progress as well as rate yourself based on your learning.
5. Hear the language
It is not just important to learn to read and write in the language that you are trying to study. Listening to the language being spoken helps you to get a better idea of how the language should be actually spoken. You can listen to many youtube videos as well as watch some T.V shows or movies in that particular language to get a better idea. Make sure that you put on the language subtitles in that particular language, so that you can hear them talking as well as see what they are saying. This is one important step that you should not miss.
6. Listening to songs in that particular language
Listening to songs in that particular language helps you to get the feel of the language. It also helps you to appreciate the beauty, rhythm, and also helps you to understand the way some words are pronounced. This is one technique that would help you profoundly!
7. Using apps to connect with native speakers of that language
There are a lot of apps available in the market that allow you to connect with native speakers of that language. This way, you would get hands-on experience from native speakers of that language. Such apps provide great ways to form connections with people living in different parts of the world and allow you to help one another.
8. Reading children stories in that particular language
This is one of the best techniques to follow when you want to learn and understand a particular language. Reading children’s stories will help you get a good grasp of the language, enable you to read and form more sentences, and also help you to understand how verbs are conjugated.