Once you’ve decided to learn a new language, the first step is deciding how. This is a hugely difficult task, after all, and something that millions of people fail every year, so you have to approach with some careful strategy. If we had our druthers, we’d go with a lifetime subscription to uTalk — an excellent deal on a program that can teach you up to 6 languages on any device you want, whenever you want, and wherever you want. And right now uTalk is 92% off, available for just $29.99.

But no class, no matter how comprehensive, is enough on its own. If you’re serious about picking up another language or two, you’re also going to have to…

5. Immerse Yourself

Think about how you learned the language you’re speaking right now: It wasn’t by reading books or going to classes, it was by listening to people talk and figuring out what they meant. And that was harder because you were a baby and had to learn what talking even was at the same time. So it stands to reason that if you want to learn a new language, a good way might be to go spend a whole bunch of time with people who speak it fluently. Resist the urge to ask questions in English, and really force your brain to sort things out as you go. It really works!

4. Talk About Stuff You Care About

In high school language classes, everyone memorizes stock phrases together: “where is the library.” “I have to go to the bathroom.” “My name is Frank.” But it’s actually easier to learn the language if you learn phrases that help you talk about what you want to talk about. You can even try watching your favorite movie dubbed into another language, getting lost in a familiar story while the foreign phrases get tied to situations you know inside and out.

3. Learn Conversational Phrases

You probably don’t ask where the library is very often because you know where your library is and when you’re on vacation you’re not going to spend all your time in the library. You’re far more likely to need to use phrases like “where is the subway,” “how do I get back to my hotel,” and “how much does the anti-venom cost.”

Incidentally, that’s one of the main advantages of uTalk Language Education — it focuses on practical vocabulary that you’ll be truly incentivized to remember because you never know when you might have to actually use it.

2. Travel

Learning a language is tough, and you should reward yourself for taking on such a difficult task by actually going to a place where they speak the language! After all, you’ll be far more incentivized to get it right when you’re worried about embarrassing yourself in front of locals.

1. Talk To Yourself

Sound childish? Maybe it is, but the truth is that yammering away to yourself in your newly learned language can be a great way to reinforce your new habits and familiarize your mouth with these weird shapes it has to make.

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