Learning a language is one thing and then becoming fluent in it is another. Memorizing the vocabulary, learning about the syntax and grammar rule is something that is under our control, but becoming fluent in a language is more about the formation of habit. Which is why you have to do everything you can to reinforce that habit. If you are not aware of how you can do that, here are some insightful tips for you to try.
1. Think Like A Child
Babies learn a language by listening to it and imitating it. No one explains a toddler the rules of the language, and they come to learn of them later on. You need to step inside a child’s shoes and do all the things that make children learn a language. If you can, hang out with the native speakers and listen to them, see how to speak and notice their expressions and the way they move their mouth. There are many things you cannot learn by reading books or listening to lectures, and becoming fluent is one of them. You can only hope to succeed by observing others!
2. Listen And Read
Listening to the target language being spoken is a good start. You can listen to the talk shows/songs in the language and repeat those words and phrases. When you listen to someone speaking the language, you will learn a great deal from it. Especially in the French language, you must listen to the sounds all the French vowels make if you want to become fluent in the language.
3. Write It Down
When you have a conversation in the target language, it is better to write down the words or phrases you did not understand, before you forget them. There are many things you can learn by making this your routine. Search about the words you have written down and see what they mean. Piece the conversation back together, and the next time you have a conversation with someone, use everything that you have learned!
4. Cognates Are Your Best Friends
Cognates are words that are taken from another language. Cognates are the words you recognize from an unfamiliar language, even though you have never heard them before. When you start learning the common words between your native language and your target language, you will get a better grip at the language.
Listening and writing can help a lot, but none of it will matter if you cannot practice what you have learned. When you hope to become fluent in a language, it means that you hope to carry out conversations where you speak smoothly. You cannot reach your goal unless you speak in the target language and make mistakes. If you are shy, you can start by speaking with yourself in the language, when you are alone. You can gradually move forward and speak with other people to boost your confidence and see what your mistakes and weak points are.
With these hacks, becoming fluent in another language will be something easy to achieve.
About the Author:
Lara Smith has worked for Wall Street English for 20 years. After studying at Stanford University and subsequently doing a CELTA course, she began her career in teaching. She is obsessed with languages and currently writes blogs at https://www.mimicmethod.com/.