Learning foreign languages made easy: Tips from the Language Center.

Are you motivated to learn a new language? So the learning fun does not fall by the wayside, here are three tips for more learning success and faster progress.

1. Online learning: use new media!
There are countless apps, YouTube videos, and reputable platforms that are often available for free or on a budget. The challenges of grammar and vocabulary take a back seat to make it easier for beginners to get started with the language and to combine it with fun. The advantage of online learning is obvious: you design your own learning program depending on your language level, regardless of time and place.

2. Surround yourself with the language regularly!
You can immerse yourself in a language without travelling abroad. Just try to integrate the language into your everyday life.
For example, watch movies in their original version with or without subtitles, listen to a foreign-language podcast on the way to work, or read before bed. Take advantage of the variety of offers such as websites, books, online newspapers, radio stations, etc. In this way, you can familiarize yourself with reading and listening to everyday language. A real insider tip!

3. Don't be afraid of making mistakes: learn to speak!
Do you find speaking more difficult than understanding? Try to talk to native speakers. Today, this can be done quite simply virtually by means of language tandems. This will improve your accent and teach you important idioms. The most important thing is not to be afraid of making mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes and you can learn from them. Ask your interlocutor to draw your attention to errors in pronunciation.

The most effective method is, of course, a longer stay abroad, for example as part of your studies, an internship, a job or during a holiday. It helps to travel as little as possible with other Germans or even to travel alone.

Take a look here: Marc Green and Marianna Pascal give more tips and insights on fast language learning in their TED talks.

How to Talk Like a Native Speaker | Marc Green | TEDxHeidelberg

Learning a language? Speak it like you’re playing a video game | Marianna Pascal | TEDxPenangRoad