It might be harder to learn a language as an adult - but you're still doing it! Rather than just hoping that you're doing the right thing, read the following secrets to learning a foreign language. There are seven basic principles:
- This is reality. Your are learning but it's a long way. So set a small relatively easy real obtainable goal. For example pick a vocab set, pick one or two grammar points, set a question to ask in French
- Make a permanent change You want to learn a language and keep the knowledge? Then make your learning a habit. Work out when and how you are going to tie your language learning into your daily and weekly schedules - don't have a schedule where you have to make time for your language learning because it must still happen when your tired, busy and lose motivation!
- Bring language home Language is about reminder to make it stick. If you see it every day then you begin to learn it how a native learns. Put post-its on everything in your house in French. Include some phrases and talk to yourself in French in the mirror!
- Use the technology around you You probably have a smart phone - as well as adding a translate app also change your phone's language. When you want to look something up on Google, look it up on google.fr first, then look at the English - this will introduce you to real French and create more links in your brain.
- Make learning fun by thinking about what you want to do, where you like going, what events you like going to, and bring French into them. If you like music for example, then go and see a French band - you might get the opportunity to meet people who are happy for you to speak in French in return for some English conversation. If you like cooking then buy a French cookery magazine.
- Make French friends - it's what you'd like to do in the end anyway so start not and it will accelerate your learning. Find native speakers in your city, go on courses in France, search online for sites where you can find penpals, house swaps or meet-ups.
- Don't worry about it - do it Many learners are held up because they a hesitant about speaking, about having a go, about not being good enough. But what would happen if you made a friend who was learning English - you would be patient, perhaps occasionally laugh but generally be supportive. It will work the other way around too.