I was living in a rural Australian town with limited internet connection.
But despite the challenges, I was able to begin learning Italian.
Language learning is like going to the gym. It takes planning, consistency and determination with a generous dollop of fun.
Today I want to outline some tips for you to get started with learning a language.
Ideally, you could first sign up to beginner’s lessons at a language centre near you (and I mean near you because just like going to the gym you’re more likely to commit if it’s as convenient as possible).
- Download Duolingo (click here for my post about Duolingo).
- Buy a language learning book and CD.
- Load an iPod or iPhone with the CD on it to listen to as background noise.
- Make time to study.
- Start a language learning routine.
- Find a YouTuber that you like who teaches or speaks the target language.
- Write a personal script about yourself that you know off by heart.
- Make a plan to start speaking and listening to someone who speaks the language through a meet-up site (like gumtree.com.au or meetup.com) or Skype with someone on Italki.
- Find some songs in the target language.
- Download those and print the lyrics.
- Find a local café or restaurant in the target language and become a regular.
- Contact the local club of your target language in your town or capital city.
- Know what areas of your city are most populated with speakers of your target language and spend time there.
- See which library in your city has a collection of books and media in the target language.
- Find a language learning buddy to share your journey with.
How did you get started on your language journey?
Let me know in the comments. I love hearing about language learning!