What's the fastest way to learn

The fastest way to learn a new language

Need to learn a new language as soon as possible? Anything is possible if you really stick to it and practice often. Here you can get a few tips from an experienced language learner and teacher to help you achieve your learning goals in next to no time.

8 ways to learn a language quickly

If you want to learn a language quickly, you need to practice as much as you can. The more you practice, the faster you learn. Speaking the new language every day should become your new habit, as this is the only way to anchor it in your long-term memory. It is a good idea to actually attend class every day to make sure that you are learning something new and that you understand everything. If you take courses at Lingodayou have lessons on offer around the clock. For you this means that you can also attend several classes per day if you like.

Practice every day

You can do most of the daily practice yourself, namely:

  • Read magazines and books
  • Listen to podcasts
  • Watch YouTube videos or Netflix in your target language (don't cheat! So, don't set subtitles in your native language!)
  • Create flashcards with vocabulary and sentences to study
  • Talk to others
  • Write short messages in your target language

2. Learn through immersion

As someone who took part in a language exchange program while studying and is now living in a country as an expat, I can assure you that the fastest way to learn a language is through immersion. This means that for a while you live in an environment where you have to speak your target language around the clock. This works even better if you no longer use your native language at all, but instead have to rely entirely on the vocabulary of the target language to get your message across correctly. This may sound like a tremendous challenge, but you'll feel like you've achieved something great once you've done it. Very soon you will also start thinking or even dreaming in your target language.

3. Find out how best to learn

Everyone has their own way of learning. Some need explanation from others, some need to try it out for themselves. In both cases, courses like Lingoda's are designed to adapt to your learning habits. Whether you book a private lesson or a group course, the lessons are based on a fixed topic with suitable learning material. All teachers are native speakers and take the time to explain the topic and the lesson goals. During the class you will have the opportunity to hear these explanations, take notes and speak directly to the teacher and your classmates. This gives you the opportunity to learn in the way that is best for you.

4. Set yourself clear goals

In order to see your progress, you need to set yourself achievable goals. On the one hand, this motivates you to keep learning. On the other hand, you can celebrate milestones achieved. Lingoda courses are based on the CEFR language levels, which makes it easy for you to see how your language skills have improved. But you don't just have to attend courses at the same language level. So if you are very good at grammar, for example, but you are not yet finding it easy to speak, you could book grammar courses at a higher level, but conversation courses at a lower level. This way you make sure that all areas of a language are covered and you know which ones you should still improve.

5. Focus on the most important vocabulary

It is almost impossible for anyone, native or not, to know all the words in a language. It would also be completely impractical, since we can't use most of it in everyday life anyway. So if you want to learn as quickly as possible, focus on the most important words that you will need most. So if you're learning business English, for example, you should focus on vocabulary related to your job. However, if you are learning the language for fun simply, you might want to focus on slang and informal vocabulary.

By the way: This is another benefit of learning a new language with Lingoda. Each lesson is focused on a specific topic: some are about grammar, others about the world of work, and still others have more specific topics like philosophy. This will make it easier for you to learn the aspects of a language that are most relevant to you.

6. Prefer fluency to perfection

Something else that even native speakers cannot completely master: perfect grammar. Everyone makes mistakes when they speak. So when you are learning a new language, your goal shouldn't be to be perfect. Being able to make yourself understood is far more important than it takes ten times longer to complete a sentence because you want to get the grammar perfect. During the class, your teacher will probably correct your grammar every now and then, and that's a good thing, because that's the only way to learn something. But in everyday life, even at work or at university, most people don't listen to your grammar. They will try to understand you so that you can have a conversation. So don't be afraid to go out there and make mistakes. I even find that the less afraid I am of making mistakes, the less I am doing really wrong.

7. Talk as often as possible

As a language teacher, I really believe that the key to learning a language properly is speaking. I think that's because when you speak, you really have to make an effort to find the right words quickly. Then you also use what you know. When you write or read, you have time to look up something in the dictionary and you can calmly think about what you want to say. But in a real-time conversation, the other person is waiting for your answer, which drives you to act quickly. So the more you speak a language, the faster you will internalize it.

8. Think in the new language, not your mother tongue

I discovered this last tip when I was learning German myself. One of my German teachers advised us that we should try to think in German as early as A1. At first I was totally shocked: “How should I do that on A1? I feel like a baby who can barely speak. ”Later I realized that it was more of a mind thing to outsmart our brains. If you focus on always translating a language, you will find it difficult to really understand it because you always approach it against the background of your mother tongue. This will make you speak slower and make more mistakes. Now that my German is much better, I understand what she meant. Whenever I speak German, I put myself into "German mode". I think that even my personality changes a little when I speak German. But that's okay because it's a different language, which means it came from a different culture too. Understanding this culture will ultimately enable me to speak fluently.