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Hey, guys! My name is Asha and this video is for British Council’s LearnEnglish Teens website and YouTube channel. In this video I just wanted to share, like, the tricks and tips that I have of learning a new language. So, I’m hoping some of these techniques will help you learn the language you want to learn.
OK, the first one is listening to music. How many of you in your own language listen to a song and you can pick up the lyrics so quickly. It’s similar to that, but in the language that you’re trying to learn. So, listening to Spanish music helped me pick up vocabulary that I probably wouldn’t learn just generally, but because there’s a rhythm to the song I picked them up. And it’s just, like, a really fun way of learning a language.
The second one is watching movies in the language you want to learn with the subtitles down below. But a better way to do it is to pick up a TV series because you can, like, pick up the accents, the sounds of a constant character and you’ll kind of know the plot of the story. Then sometimes they’ll repeat the words over and over again, like, in the show, so for instance ‘jefe’, the word ‘boss’, I didn’t know, but honestly, in the TV show I was watching they said it a lot, so I picked that up straight away.
The next one is to join a language class, if you can that is, because I find surrounding yourself with people who are in the same situation as you, who are trying to pick up the same language, it kind of, it feels like you’re all in the same boat, which makes you feel less awkward and less … less, erm less embarrassed to make mistakes just because everyone around you is exactly the same. They all want to learn. They’re all going to make mistakes. So, I found that a really good way for me to start speaking Spanish without feeling too, like, self-conscious.
OK, so this app that I use is actually quite a famous app but I didn’t really know about it until I got to Spain. So, the app is called Duolinguo. It gives you different, like, sections to learn about, so it starts with the basics, to family members to, like, adjectives to verbs. And in each subject you get a reading, a writing and a speaking, erm, that you have to do to complete each level. And, you actually, if you sign up to it, you get emails if you haven’t been doing it for a couple of days to remind you to keep up with, like, your learning. The good thing about Duolinguo is that, erm, they save your progress and it tells you how much you’re ‘fluent’ in the language. I just love the app! You can do it on the beach. You can do it on the bus. You can do it during a break. Erm, yeah, I’ve got to admit, it’s my favourite app.
OK, the next tip is, erm, is Post-it notes. If you’re trying to learn certain words, so let’s just say I’m trying to learn the words in my bedroom, so ‘bed’, erm, ‘desk’, ‘wardrobe’. So, I would stick the Post-it note where each object is, so whenever I go to the desk I can see the word, I can say the word and hopefully it should stick in my head. And that I will remember. And then you can keep changing the Post-it notes around, so once you’ve done the bedroom, you can go into the kitchen, then you can go to the living room. So, that’s just another fun way and quick way to learn new vocabulary.
Keep trying and practising
Lastly, it is to try your best. You can do all of these activities that I told you or any activities that you do at home yourself, but without trying and speaking, without feeling like it’s OK to make mistakes ... You are learning a language. You just cannot be afraid to try because you could be learning all these words and then forget it, so you need to make sure you keep practising and trying. Practise, try, practise, try, practise, try, practise, try … You get my point.
But yeah, they are my quick tips of learning a new language. I hope some of them might be useful for you. If you have any ideas of your own, please let me know down below. I would love to know. Erm, and yeah, I will see you in the next video. Bye!
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