Hello in different languages

Learning a language is a fantastic way to expand your world and also improve your memory and cognition. A few weeks ago, I began learning Japanese, and I have some tips that may help you if you are thinking of also learning a new language.

Don’t pay someone to teach you what you can teach yourself

Although hiring a tutor can be effective for some people, try teaching yourself first. This means you can study in your own time at home. This may also help boost your progress as you are learning at a pace you are comfortable with. Apps like Duolingo are good places to begin learning the basics.

Practice every day

However enthusiastic you feel, practice for at least 15 minutes every day and you will see a massive boost in progress. Consistently reinforcing your knowledge will help you to remember what you have already learnt.

Man (left) and woman (right) face one another smiling in a language lesson. Other students and teacher in the background.

Don’t see it as a chore

Not seeing learning as a chore is key and will help motivation. Remember, you’re not in school, so do whatever you want to make it more fun. Create games or flashcards, and remember your goal to keep yourself motivated.

Practice with someone who speaks that language

Learning from a native will help you massively with your pronunciation and grammar, and may also help you pick up specific words or phrases commonly spoken in that country. You could practice by listening to someone who speaks that language, or you and a friend could learn at the same time.

Learn about the culture of that country

Having some context about the language you are learning will help if you are eventually planning to go there. Areas of the world can be very unique and different, so it may be important to avoid certain words or phrases.

Good luck!