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10 ways to start speaking any language fast

10 ways to start speaking any language fast

(From previous issue) Another way to force yourself to use the new language daily is to change your cell phone or social media language settings to the new language. The familiarity of the device you choose will help you navigate around, and you will begin to pick up the new words without even thinking about it. 4. Cut Your Native Language Completely If you learn by first translating the words in your head into your native language, you'll become an adept translator, but you'll never be a fluent speaker. Only by thinking in the new language can you truly be fluent. So instead of looking at something and naming it in English and then translating that look at it and name it in the new language. 5. Set Sensible Goals Saying you want to be fluent in a month is likely to lead to disappointment. Instead start with goals such as "be able to follow a simple conversation" slowly building up to being completely fluent. 6. Listen to New Words While You Are Sleeping The theory about learning in your sleep is often ridiculed, but this research from the University of Zurich found that listening to new vocabulary words while you sleep can help your brain to retain the information. Although there is still no evidence to suggest that you can learn new words this way, it's a good way to ensure that words you have learned that day stay in your memory. 7. Be Willing to Make Mistakes When you're new to something, it's expected that you will make mistakes. Children grasp this concept easily, which is why they often appear to learn new things faster than adults. Often adults are so afraid of making a mistake that they hold themselves back from trying. Embrace your inner child and accept that mistakes will happen and are nothing to be ashamed of. Letting go of the things that are holding you back makes learning so much easier. 8. Use New Words You Learn Repeating a new word a few times out of context as you learn it isn't enough for it to make a real impression on you and remain in your brain. Instead, when you learn a new word, start using it in sentences as often as you can. This helps the word to imprint on your brain and giving it context makes it easier to recall when you're in a situation where you might want to say it. 9. Get a Travel Phrase Book Unlike a text book, travel phrase books such as Lonely Planet have useful, every day sentences that you might want to use. Repeat these sentences and learn them. (To be continued)

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