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How to Learn a Language Faster From 12 Language Experts

How to Learn a Language Faster From 12 Language Experts

In a world that demands rapid learning and massive change, the ability to learn a language faster is an important skill to acquire. Concerning learning faster, skill acquisition can be transferred to just about anything you want to learn. The most common mistake we see people make when trying to learn a language, is going at it alone.

It makes sense if we take a step back, as this is how we’ve been taught to learn our entire lives. After enduring years of long nights at the library reading textbooks or hours of sitting through boring lectures, we’ve naturally transferred over this habit to language learning.

But learning a language, like any skill, has already been learned from language experts around the world, who have revealed some of their best kept learning secrets. By modeling someone who has achieved what we want, we can learn from their mistakes, and get to our end result much faster.

Here are 12 of the best ways to learn a language faster by 12 language experts around the world.

How To Learn A Language Faster By 12 Language Experts

1. Don’t Look Up Every Single Word

“There will be times when you’re simply dying to know the meaning of a particular word. Fine – but if you stop to look up every word, you’ll never get anywhere. Instead, only look up words that seem to be cropping up again and again – they will be the key to understanding what you’re reading.” – Olly Richards, iwillteachyoualanguage.com

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    2. Set Specific Goals

    “To be successful in learning what you need for your trip, you need as much specificity as possible. I’m lucky enough to typically have three whole months before a trip, in which I can devote most of my days to learn a language, and that makes fluency a realistic target.” – Matt Kepnes, NomadicMatt.com

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      3. Act Like A Child

      “The idea that children are inherently better learners than adults is proving to be a myth. New research cannot find a direct link between age and the ability to learn. The key to learning as quickly as a child may be to simply take on certain childlike attitudes: for instance, lack of self-consciousness, a desire to play in the language and willingness to make mistakes.” – Matthew Youlden, fluent in 9 languages

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        4. Learn The Cognates

        “Starting to learn a language “from scratch” is essentially impossible because of the vast amount of words you know already through cognates. Action, nation, precipitation, solution, frustration, tradition, communication, extinction, and thousands of other -tion words are spelled exactly the same in French, and you can quickly get used to the different pronunciation. Change that -tion to a -ción and you have the same words in Spanish. Italian is -zione and Portuguese is -ção.” – Benny Lewis, Founder of Fluentin3months.com

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          5. Modal Verbs: Embracing The Infinitive

          “Learning all forms for every verb can be exhausting, especially for the dreaded imperfect or simple past. How about instead you merely learn to conjugate just seven words that will let you express almost everything you need? Sounds better, right?

          As a formula it looks a little like this:

          Subject + Verb + Object → Subject + Modal Verb + Object + Verb (infinitive)

          How is that helpful? Because it allows you to use all kinds of verbs in a great number of sentences without knowing how to conjugate each and every one of them. As long as you memorized how to conjugate the modal verbs, all you need is the infinitive form.” – Nick Schaferhoff, FluentU

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            6.  Learn 625 Basic Words: Using Pictures, Not Translations

            “To begin any language, I suggest starting with the most common, concrete words, as they’re going to be the most optimal use of your time. This is the 80/20 Rule in action; why learn niece in the beginning when you’re going to need mother eighty times more often?” – Gabriel Wyner, author of Fluent Forever

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              7. Establish Consequences

              “A lot of people fall short of their goals because there are no ramifications if they quit. Remedy the issue by committing to negative incentives (such as doing your roommate’s laundry for a month) should you fail to stick with your goals. Or, sign up for StickK, an online service that holds money in escrow and donates it to an “anti-charity” of your choice if your goal isn’t met.” – Nick English, Greatist.com

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                8. Focus On Immediate Immersion

                “One of my more controversial pieces of advice, but one that I absolutely insist on when I advise beginners, is that you must speak the language right away if your goals in the target language involve speaking it.” – Tim Ferriss, Fourhourworkweek.com

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                  9. Be An Active Learner

                  “You must be an active learner. Most people allow themselves to be taught to, but you have to take an active role in asking questions. The best way to understand this process is via video” – Maneesh Sethi, Founder of Pavlok and Hackthesystem.com

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                    10. Mix Old Concepts With New Ones While You’re Learning

                    “It’s not as easy for adults to pick up a new language as it is for little kids with their sponge-like brains. But you can still master a new language and learn efficiently if you know how your brain works when confronted with this challenge. The science of learning a new language shares why spaced repetition is best, you should study at night, look for content in the other language in subjects you enjoy most, and why you should mix the old concepts with new ones while you’re learning.” – Melanie Pinola, writer at Lifehacker.com

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                      11. Let Technology Help You Out.

                      “Dmitrochenkova has a great idea: “A funny thing like resetting the language on your phone can help you learn new words right away,” she says. Ditto for changing the language on your browser. Or you can seek out more structured learning opportunities online. Dutch translator Els De Keyser recommends Anki for memorizing vocabulary with its ‘intelligent’ flashcards” – Krystian Aparta, TED.com

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                        12. Conversation, Conversation, Conversation.

                        “If there’s a “secret” or “hack” to learning a new language, it’s this: hours and hours of awkward and strenuous conversation with people better than you in that language. An hour of conversation (with corrections and a dictionary for reference) is as good as five hours in a classroom and 10 hours with a language course by yourself.” – Mark Manson, Author of Models: Attract Women Through Honesty

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                          Over to you

                          Which of these 12 language learning tips did you resonate with the most? If you have any friends who also want to learn a new language, please share it out!

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                          41 Beautiful Pictures That Show What True Love Is All About

                          41 Beautiful Pictures That Show What True Love Is All About

                          Some things in life are hard to describe, yet we can recognize them when we see them.

                          Love is one of those things.

                          True love comes in many different forms, but here are some that many of us know well.

                          True love means supporting those who can’t support themselves

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                            A young man comforts his date in Times Square, New York City. Image by mbtrama

                            strong hug

                              A young man holds his significant other close to him. Image by Brad Fults

                              running help

                                A young track competitor helps one of her injured opponents over the finish line. Image from ViralNova.com

                                feeding kitten

                                  A soldier in the Korean War takes time to feed a baby kitten. Image from US Naval Insititute

                                  It’s having the perfect selfie partner

                                  mom and daughter selfie

                                    A mother and her daughter take a selfie together. Image by Andrew Fysh

                                    girlfriends

                                      Two young girls pose for the camera. Image by Rolands Lakis

                                      selfies

                                        A happy couple takes a picture together. Image by Kayla Heineman

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                                          Two best friends take a selfie together. Image by Jason Wahido

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                                            Friends take a selfie together. Image by Glenn Scofield Williams

                                            It’s all the warm fuzzies

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                                              A young man spends time with his dog on a beach. Image by Magdalena Roeseler

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                                                A pet owner hugs his dog while on a day trip in San Francisco. Image by Taro the Shiba Inu

                                                It means having a friend to photobomb you

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                                                  A boy makes a funny face as he poses for a picture with his brother. Image by Michael Bentley

                                                  old man photobomb

                                                    A man photobombs his wife while their grandson snaps a picture. Image by Frank

                                                    family photobomb

                                                      Family members photobomb their relatives’ Thanksgiving day family photo. Image by Beth Scupham

                                                      boyfriend photobomb

                                                        A friend photobombs the photographer and their friend, the woman in the foreground of this photo. Image by Lachlan Hardy

                                                        True love means being there even when life gets unbearably hard

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                                                        shoulder to cry on

                                                          A family watches the Vermont National Guard depart for Afghanistan. Image by The U.S. Army

                                                          flood dog

                                                            During a monsoon in the Philippines, a boy carries his dog to safety. Image by Romeo Ranoco

                                                            A woman is rescued from flood waters by a resident standing on top of her car during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens

                                                              A man helps a woman out of her vehicle during a flood in Chalandri, Greece. Image by John Kolesidis

                                                              lunch

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                                                                hug

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                                                                      A girl puts her arm around her little brother as they wait outside of Sandy Hook Elementary after gunshots are fired. Image by Reuters.

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                                                                        It means taking the time for long goodbyes

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                                                                          national guard goodbye

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                                                                            saying goodbye

                                                                              A Sergeant hugs both of his sons before being deployed to Afghanistan. Image by The National Guard

                                                                              And cherishing reunions

                                                                              husband home

                                                                                A woman hugs her husband as she sees him for the first time since his deployment to Iraq. Image by The U.S. Army

                                                                                boyfriend home

                                                                                  A young  woman hugs her significant other as he returns home for Kuwait. Image by The National Guard

                                                                                  mother hug

                                                                                    A mother drops to her knees as she hugs her son on her return home from the Persian Gulf. Image by The National Guard

                                                                                    True love is letting yourself feel young when they’re around

                                                                                    elderly women

                                                                                      Two friends on their smartphones. Image by Robert Neff

                                                                                      feeling young

                                                                                        A young couple getting their picture taken. Image by db Photograph

                                                                                        sprinkler dad

                                                                                          A father plays in a sprinkler with his daughter at Millennium Park in Chicago. Image by Ben Forsberg

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                                                                                          subway couple

                                                                                            A young couple on a subway enjoys sharing time together, while the girlfriend’s father sneaks a photo of them. Image by Gareth Williams

                                                                                            wheelchairs

                                                                                              A couple holds hands on a fall day. Image by David Amsler

                                                                                              It’s letting yourself be silly… just because they’ll enjoy it

                                                                                              silly faces

                                                                                                A grandfather makes faces at the camera with his granddaughters. Image by Tim Pierce

                                                                                                vote for pedro

                                                                                                  A woman’s father wears a Napoleon Dynamite t-shirt to make his daughter laugh. Image by emdot

                                                                                                  True love is allowing yourself to show how you really feel

                                                                                                  date night

                                                                                                    A young couple kisses in the back of a restaurant in Washington, D.C. Image by Derek Key

                                                                                                    playing violin

                                                                                                      Violinist Nancy Dinovo plays at a memorial service for the victims of 9/11. Image by Christopher Morris

                                                                                                      True love is timeless

                                                                                                      old friends

                                                                                                        Friends spending some time together. Image by Cristian Bortes

                                                                                                        sitting around a fire

                                                                                                          A group of friends sits around a campfire eating. Image by New Old Stock

                                                                                                          elderly couple

                                                                                                            An elderly couple walks down a street together. Image by Matteo Paciotti

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