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4 Ways to Make Learning a New Language Easier

4 Ways to Make Learning a New Language Easier

Learning a new language might seem like a huge task when you first sit down and look over the material. Between all the grammatical components and cultural nuances, you can feel overwhelmed before you even start. Fortunately, there are ways to make the process easier for you, and new technology has made it simpler than ever to learn a new language.

Whether you are planning acquiring a new language for a vacation abroad or for self-development, here are some ways to make the process faster and more straight-forward.

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1. Invest in a solid curriculum

While it might be tempting to purchase the first software or book that you see, having quality resources can help to make sure you are learning the right way—you don’t want to feel as though you aren’t challenged, but you also don’t want to feel as though you are moving too quickly through the material.

Apps are also a great way to learn without even realizing you are. Apps like Duolingo allow you to practice for free and provide you with new vocabulary and pronunciations of phrases.

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Rosetta Stone is also a good option when you are looking to have an award-winning curriculum and you want to learn fast. It’s a much more traditional way to learn, and requires that you take tests and practice in order to pass. While it can be quite expensive, it might be the best bet when you need to be able converse with others quickly.

2. Practice regularly

If you can, setting up a schedule where you can practice your new skills on a regular basis can help you retain what you learn. If possible, taking a little time every day (even if it is just five or ten minutes) to go over previous vocabulary or grammatical structures can help you to remember important phrases that will be easier to recall in the future.

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Practicing also means taking the opportunity to speak with native speakers. You can have reading and writing proficiency in another language, but speaking requires a whole new set of skills that can only come with talking with others. Joining a local language group, traveling, and reading out loud when you practice your reading can greatly help.

3. Consider taking lessons

When you are on a budget, you might not be willing to spend money on lessons. They can also take time—most are several hours a week, depending on whether you choose an immersive program or not. However, there are some concepts that can be difficult to comprehend without having an instructor explain in a classroom. Even if you can’t take them over an extended period of time, being able to sit in on a lesson every now and then and hear your chosen language spoken fluently can help greatly.

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Lessons can also help you make new friends and to meet up outside the classroom. Sometimes knowing others and being able to share the struggles and triumphs of learning a new language can make you feel less alone. Learning a new language is more fun when you have people to speak with!

4. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

One of the biggest issues new language speakers have is they are afraid to use the wrong word or phrasing. While speaking your newly-acquired vocabulary can be a bit nerve-wracking, it’s the best way to learn. No one expects you to be perfect, so don’t expect it from yourself.

Make sure you have a safe environment where you can practice and feel comfortable. There are many sites like Conversation Exchange where you can meet some new people either in person or over Skype, and chat in your chosen language.

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Last Updated on June 13, 2019

10 Best Success Books You Need to Read to Be Great at Business

10 Best Success Books You Need to Read to Be Great at Business

Take a minute and think about some of the most successful people you know.

I’d bet they’re great with people, are super-productive, and think differently than most. After all, that’s how they got to be where they are today.

Jealous of them? You don’t have to be.

You can learn these same skills by studying some of the best business and success books that can help you take your game to the next level. Here’re 10 of my favorites:

1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

    Dale Carnegie’s best-selling book that helped to launch a personal growth empire should be required reading for everyone who wants to learn how to build and nurture relationships for a lifetime.

    Read this book and you’ll learn some simple advice than can help you build popularity points within your current network and just as important, expand it to others.

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    2. Focal Point by Brian Tracy

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      Sounds simple in theory, but this can be extremely difficult in practice. In Focal Point Brian Tracy offers tips to help build discipline and organization into your day so you can get more stuff done.

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      3. Purple Cow by Seth Godin

        Creating a “me-too” product can be easy at the start but can doom you to business failure. That’s why marketing maverick Seth Godin recommends creating a product that is truly different from anything already available in the marketplace.

        In essence by making the product different you’ll be building the marketing into the actual product development…which just makes your actual marketing a helluva lot easier.

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        4. The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

          If you’ve struggled with procrastination or small thinking, this is the book for you. In it Schwartz offers practical advice that can help you get inspired and motivated to create a bigger life for yourself. And with it can be a more lucrative and rewarding career.

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          5. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankel

            It can be difficult for lots of people to keep things in perspective, especially when working on high priority and urgent projects at work.

            Man’s Search for Meaning can be a life-changing book in the sense that it can open your eyes to a first-hand experience of one of the greatest atrocities in the history of mankind, while also teaching a valuable lesson about having purpose.

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            6. The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

              Solo-entrepreneurs can learn a ton from the guy who made lifestyle design popular. But guess what? The 4HWW isn’t just for guys and girls who want to start a small online business.

              Smart moves like outsourcing, following the 80/20 rule, and automating processes should be made by entry-level workers and established executives alike.

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              7. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

                I remember sitting on a couch and opening this book on a Saturday morning, thinking I’d get through a chapter and then get on with my day. Instead, about 12 hours later, I was finished with the book. The concepts in it were mind-blowing to me.

                To think that thoughts can create your reality sounded a little far-fetched at first. But after going through the book and understanding that your thoughts create your beliefs, which lead to actions, which then lead to habits….well you can get where I’m going with this.

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                      The story Randy Komisar shares in the Monk and the Riddle offers advice about not just about how you need to think when starting a new business, but also about how to build a life you’re passionate about.

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