1. Use a dictionary
Improve your vocabulary by just reading the words and their definitions. Try to remember as much as you can and also try to form sentences or just connect adjectives with appropriate substantives. Also read phonetically. Search the words online and hear how they are pronounced. Try learning a couple of words a day and also repeat the words you learned the day before. First, learn the basics like numbers how to salute, introducing yourself and simple conversation. While you will improve, you can get a idioms and phrases dictionary that will better help with the evolvement of the learning process as it develops.
2. Follow online courses
You can find a lot of useful information on the internet like books and songs, that you can read and can listen to, to improve your understanding of the foreign language that you want to learn. Also, free online courses are available booth video and audio, follow the lesson plan if there is one included in the course.
3. Audio lessons
Buy Cd s that you can listen to in the car or on your Cd player. Wherever you go you can exercise on the way there. This way instead of listening to music you will be able to learn the foreign language at your chose pace. Audio lessons are also great because you can listen to them as many times as it is necessary and you can select the parts that you want to replay. also it might help if you read the words loudly so you can practice your accent as well.
4. Talk to a native
If you want to practice with a native speaker to see the level that you have reached, online media platforms will prove to be more than useful. Search online for websites regarding this subject and make an online native friend. This way you will be able to experience talking to a native and see precisely the level you have reached when it comes to conversational skills.
5. Visit the country
If you make online friends and chatting turns into a friendship you can always make exchange travels with him. Invite him to visit your country and host him and ask him to do the same for you. The experience of visiting a country where people speak the language you want to learn will prove itself useful and interesting and by doing this you will be fully experience a glimpse of the nations culture.
6. Reading and writing
Buy or find online books so you can practice your reading. Make sure you have your dictionary handy and write down any useful saying and the words you might not understand. Learn to read and to write at the same time and this way you will grasp the information in no time. If you don’t know what to write about you can try describing the learning process and the way it is evolving as you get better and better. Check your spelling and grammar every time. Quality should be your best concern .
Read as much as you can and by listening to yourself and correcting yourself when it comes to pronunciation. Keep a steady and relaxed voice and don’t get nervous if you make mistakes. As you proceed your reading will get lot better, the more you read the more you will get used to the language and the speaking flow.
8. Listen to music
If you like a certain genre. Look for artist that pertain to the genre and sings in the language you want to learn. This way it will be easier for you to hear the language in other contexts as well and not only in the way it sounds from your books and audio lessons. Read the lyrics of the songs and sing along with the song. This will turn out to be not only useful but also fun and easy. You will be able to understand the lyrics of new songs quite fast and you will be able to learn not only the academic approach but also learn slang expressions as well. Also, you can, by listening to some folk music pertaining to the native country of the language you are interested in learning. You will get to know about the culture of the country and about people mentality.
9. Get a map
Acquire a map of the country in question and learn about places and cities, also read about the capitals and the monuments and important buildings. This will make you connect more, not only with the language but also with the country. See the situation as away to connect with a nation and not only as a chore you have to do. Also if you reach the country you will not only be able to speak the language and get around but also you will be able to visit all the beautiful places that you read about and get amazed of how the places actually are and feel. Books can tell you the information but this does not compare with the actual visiting the places. Plan spending a holiday and enjoy the view.
10. Continuous process
The most important thing in learning a new language is to understand that the learning process is a continuous process that ends when you stop using the language. Every contact with it is up until that point a new occasion of learning something. Also, this requires a lot of practice and a lot of work. It will take longer for you to understand certain things regarding grammar, spelling and pronunciation but if you put your mind to it you will most probably succeed. Ambition is in this case an Attu. Don’t be afraid to use the language even if you don’t master it. Learning new things takes time no one expects you to speak like a native from the first month. Take advantage of any situations in which you can use what you have learned and feel confident about using it. Use the language and try to use it in your thought process as well. Don’t think about what you are going to say in your native language and then translate it, think about what you want to say directly in the foreign language you are trying to learn. Remember that this will be a knowledge you acquire for life and it will require you both time and hard work.