Nobody likes the traditional form of study, when you need to sit with your nose in the textbook, and even take notes. At least, many can not stand this. So if you are interested in learning a new language, but do not want to do it like in school, the next 7 habits will help you learn it on autopilot.
The first step on the road to learning a new language is, of course, the choice of what you would like to know. If you have already chosen, then you can immediately switch to habits. If not, then ask yourself: is there a language you always wanted to know? If there are a few (or not at all), then it is worth considering which language will be more profitable, given your plans for life. Now go directly to the tips.
1. Watch television shows and films in the language you are studying with subtitles
Quite a direct indication. The only thing that needs to be added is that this advice will not have much effect if you do this only from time to time. Constancy is of great importance here. If you can replace at least half the time you spend watching TV, movies in the language you are studying, then after a while you will be able to see radical results. You, of course, can watch movies in their native language with subtitles on the subject. But in this case you will not hear the correct pronunciation.
Sometimes there may be a problem with access to such films. For example, if you want to learn Spanish, you can register on a site like Netflix, through a Spanish proxy server, or register when you are on holiday in Spain. So you can watch free shows and movies in Spanish.
2. Intentionally communicate with people who speak the language you need
Perhaps this will seem selfish and self-serving, but in reality it is not. In most cases, people will be happy that someone is trying to talk to them in their own language. The reason may be that they rarely get such an opportunity, or that they just want to help you study. If you do not know anyone who speaks the language you need, you can attend special events and events that are organized for those who are interested in a particular country or language. Do not be afraid to take the initiative and organize similar events and get-togethers.
3. Keep a journal or blog using a foreign language
Using services such as lang-8, you can write whatever you want and receive text that has been corrected by native speakers. So you will not only practice and remember the grammar and vocabulary, actively using it, but will also see your mistakes. Sounds too good to be true, right? It's not that. But if you are too independent to share what you wrote at once, you can start sharing on platforms, and you will be corrected later.
4. Replace your native language with the target language on your devices
Everyone is so used to the interface on computers and telephones that they already intuitively know where they are, even if they can not fully understand the language. Therefore, moving to the target language will not affect your ability to use the device. But this will force you to use this language many times a day. So you can get a basic vocabulary that you will never forget.
5. Play games in the right language
If you play online games with other people, you can choose those players who speak the target language. Thus, you will have to use it on a regular basis to communicate with other people. If you play offline games, you can change the language where possible. Most likely, you will have to reinstall your favorite game. Even in offline games there are many dialogues that can be an excellent source for memorizing grammar and completing vocabulary. Since games are entertainment, not study, you do not have to force yourself to do it.
6. Learn vocabulary using free time
Throughout the day there is a lot of time when you do not do anything. You can expect a bus, get stuck in a traffic jam, go to the subway ... all this time you can use to learn a few new words. There are many free applications for almost any language, but if you want to do it effectively, then study the dictionary in parts. If you do not have a smartphone, you can make your own cards. This will require a little effort, but at the same time will be more effective.
7. Read books in the language you are learning
For this council, the main condition for success is consistency. If you read one book every six months, it's unlikely that your knowledge will change much. But if you do this regularly, then your knowledge will improve much faster than you could imagine.
Optional: think in the target language
If you do not have the opportunity for an actual conversation, this can be a good way to test your grammar skills and notice gaps in your vocabulary. Think about the things that start a normal conversation, and then move on to something more complicated. It is not necessary to speak aloud, but again this is a good exercise, if you can not talk to someone in the target language.