As a lifelong language learner, I know the difficulties of learning a new language. No matter how many vocabulary words you learn, there seem to be endless new words in the foreign language to learn. Sometimes, you find yourself wondering when you’ll ever learn enough words to be able to converse easily in the foreign language.
While mastering a foreign language is a challenge, there are some people who are able to achieve fluency or near fluency in a short amount of time. How do they do it? There are some tricks that will help you increase your foreign language learning speed.
The most important thing you can do is to immerse yourself in learning the language as much as possible. The best way to learn a language quickly is to enroll in an immersive language learning program in a country where that foreign language is spoken. Then, take a language pledge, so you commit yourself to speaking no English during the program, only the language you want to learn.
This will force you to quickly learn the vocabulary you need, as well as training your brain to start thinking in the foreign language.
It also helps to be living with people who only speak that language, because you will not be able to resort to English to have conversations. You will be forced to use the foreign language in all aspects of life.
If you don’t have time or money to do an immersive language learning program in another country, there are still things you can do to increase your speed of language learning.
For instance, you should make sure to set aside time in your schedule to practice the language regularly, daily if at all possible. It helps to find a native language speaker whom you will be able to practice speaking the language with.
Also, the more active you are in the learning process, the faster you will learn the language and the better you will remember. If you only look at lists of vocabulary words, that will not be nearly as effective as practicing speaking, writing and translating the language. Make sure you practice both writing and speaking, as well as reading.
Finally, it comes down to how much effort you put into it. Learning vocabulary comes down to rote memorization a lot of the time, so the more effort you put into learning the words, the faster you will learn the language.