“It’s All Greek to Me” – Learning a New Language

If you’re learning a foreign language as a subject at school or even as a hobby outside the classroom, it could be difficult if you’ve never tried it before!

It’s very easy to assume that every language is going to be similar to English in some way but it is often the case that spellings and grammar are much different from English phrases. Here we will help you on how to know your RED from BLUE, ROUGE from BLEU and ROT from BLAU!Image of boy stressed out surrounded by stacks of books

1. One Day at a Time
It sounds like a lot but if you can memorise the 2,000 or so basic words of a language then you’ll be speaking confidently in no time. Try taking it one day at a time and taking 5/10 minutes daily to memorise a new set of words!

2. Make the Most of Technology
If you have a smart phone, why not try out some free language apps? They’re perfect for when you’ve got a spare ten minutes sat on the train or waiting at the bus station and can be accessed at any time and any place.

3. Find a Study Buddy
What good is learning a language if you simply know it but don’t speak it? Find someone to communicate with in your new language, this will help broaden your vocabulary and will also help with pronunciation.

4. Subtitles ON

Try watching a film that’s in another language and put the subtitles on, this way you will not only learn new words but find out how to pronounce them correctly! Or even watch your favourite English films but switch on subtitles in the language that you’re learning!

5. Take to the Internet
There are endless resources online for assisting you when trying to learn a new language. From teachers, students and even native people who speak the language you’re learning 24/7!

If you have any questions or would like even more help with your new language. Feel free to give us a call on 0151 724 1177 or visit our website!

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