And after that nice evening course?

Published 14th December 2010
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Have you ever done a language course, enjoyed it a lot, and after a couple of months realised that you had forgotten almost everything? Here are some tips so that your foreign language won’t get rusty. If you have more, please share them with us!

– Speak, speak and then … speak!!! Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Making mistakes is a must at the beginning, but only practice brings improvement, so don’t worry… and keep talking!!!

– Listen to radio stations on line and make use of RSS feeds to download the programmes that you like most, so that you can listen to them a couple of times. If you have some spare time, you might want to write down interesting words or expressions and find a translation of them.

– Set achievable goals: for example, learn 2 new words a day. It seems quite easy, but we all know how busy we are and perseverance is the only way to do this.

– If you can, do a language course in the country you are learning the language of, or spend a holiday there. A good idea is also to find a summer job there or volunteer so that you will be plunged into the language!

– Buy books in that language, maybe a beginners’ version or one with the original version and translation side by side, try to read them and learn new words. It doesn’t even matter if it’s a children’s book, the more fun you have the better!

– The World Wide Web is a great resource for language learners!

– Try to meet native speakers and ask them if they are up for a language exchange: you meet regularly (let’s say once a week) for a couple of hours and you help them with your language and vice versa.

– Watch films and always try to purchase DVDs that have subtitles so that you don’t annoy your foreign friends asking what has been said every other minute.

Finally, the golden rule:
Learning a language is a long process. Do not be discouraged, you are undertaking something great! Do not rush, take time to digest all those language chunks properly and you will soon be proficient!!!

CHIARA VECCHI
Have you ever done a language course, enjoyed it a lot, and after a couple of months realised that you had forgotten almost everything? Here are some tips so that your foreign language won’t get rusty. If you have more, please share them with us!

– Speak, speak and then … speak!!! Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Making mistakes is a must at the beginning, but only practice brings improvement, so don’t worry… and keep talking!!!

– Listen to radio stations on line and make use of RSS feeds to download the programmes that you like most, so that you can listen to them a couple of times. If you have some spare time, you might want to write down interesting words or expressions and find a translation of them.

– Set achievable goals: for example, learn 2 new words a day. It seems quite easy, but we all know how busy we are and perseverance is the only way to do this.

– If you can, do a language course in the country you are learning the language of, or spend a holiday there. A good idea is also to find a summer job there or volunteer so that you will be plunged into the language!

– Buy books in that language, maybe a beginners’ version or one with the original version and translation side by side, try to read them and learn new words. It doesn’t even matter if it’s a children’s book, the more fun you have the better!

– The World Wide Web is a great resource for language learners!

– Try to meet native speakers and ask them if they are up for a language exchange: you meet regularly (let’s say once a week) for a couple of hours and you help them with your language and vice versa.

– Watch films and always try to purchase DVDs that have subtitles so that you don’t annoy your foreign friends asking what has been said every other minute.

Finally, the golden rule:
Learning a language is a long process. Do not be discouraged, you are undertaking something great! Do not rush, take time to digest all those language chunks properly and you will soon be proficient!!!

CHIARA VECCHI

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