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How to really learn a foreign language

Learning a new #language is tricky #business. It is a process that takes time and perseverance, and the road to #linguistic success is long and full with never-ending classes, tongue-twisting new syllables to master and discouraging moments where native speakers look at you with a puzzled look on their faces, because they have no idea what you just said – and neither did you.

But hey, it’s not all bad. Because guess what? Once you conquer those hurdles and actually have your first, proper conversation with a local, you’ll feel like you can take on the world. That exact moment, when you’re filled with pride of what you’ve accomplished, that’s what you do it for.

So how do you get to that point? There are plenty opportunities out there to learn a language, so many in fact that it becomes really difficult to choose. My advice, pick a format that suits you. That might seem a bit obvious, but it’s harder than you think. Some people will go to a course because it’s the one that came best recommended, or because their friend goes as well. But you should choose something that fits with your schedule and suits your personal ambition, whether that is an evening class or an online course you follow from home.

What is the key to becoming really fluent in a foreign language though? Going abroad. Of course it’s not that easy, especially if you already have a job or if you’re saving up for something else, but real-life conversation with a native speaker, and preferably total immersion in the language, is the secret sauce that will top of the end result. So even if you can only go for a couple of days during your summer holidays, go. It will be worth it.

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