How to effectively learn a foreign language by ourselves

With the development of new technologies, learning a foreign language is no longer a taboo topic. Today the number of people, who prefer to learn a foreign language by themselves within their comfort of their own homes is increasing, but many of them face two main issues – one is in relation with acquiring a level of linguistic competence (textbooks, practices etc.), the other is connected with psychology.

Create your own psychological motivation.

The hidden motivation, which drives a person to study a particular language by himself, can be his most powerful advantage, but also his greatest obstacle towards mastering it. This is why you always have to ask yourself the following questions: “Why am I studying this? “ “Do I really need it?” and “How is it going to help me in the future?” Set an ultimate goal for yourselves and view the new language as the most powerful tool towards achieving it.

And if you are sure with undertaking this arduous task and your inner motivation drives you forward, then we can give you some tips, with which your individual study process can become more effective:

Choose an individual approach

It’s about that individual approach, of which every advertisement regarding language courses talks about. You have to choose those learning techniques, which will have the biggest effect in your case – try different approaches until you reach the right ones. Because you are the only ones who know best your strengths and weaknesses.

Divide language learning in to segments

A good strategy used when learning a foreign language, which helps in 99% of the cases, is to divide it’s mastering in to segments. In other words – take up separately grammar, pronunciation, reading, listening etc. This way your conscience will easily comprehend the different aspects of the new language.

Use phonosemantics

Another important method, to which you have to turn your attention, is connected with phonosemantics – the ability to “see” words. Meaning, when you encounter an unknown word in any given text, do not rush to look it up in the dictionary, even if the context cannot help with deriving its meaning. Its own form can do the job. Try to accept the idea, that words are similar phonetic wise and can be juxtaposed by this trait – almost every word comes from another and both of them retain their phonetic resemblance.

Transcript and translate

It often turns out, that a person learns a lot of words, but when they are connected in a sentence, he cannot grasp their meaning. This is why we recommend to you to transcript books – this way you will get used to the language and  grammar and lexicology will not seem so far apart.

Another effective method (and maybe the most popular) is translation. Start with one paragraph, then a page and then another and this way what you have read slowly, but surely will begin to develop like an old photograph.

Read dictionaries

Another method, which you can try, is to take a dictionary (no less than 20 000 words) and start reading it like it is a work of fiction. You will eventually remember something new or you will tweak your already existing knowledge and many of the words you will be remembering by heart.

Turn language learning in to a habit

Perseverance is what divides the successful people from the rest. So that is why you have to try and create the learning of foreign language as part of your everyday routine, with the aim of creating a linguistic habit, which you can exercise at any time, despite being sick, tired, happy or crazy in love.