Among the various ways there are to learn a language, self-learning is increasingly more in vogue. Be it due to lack of time, lack of money, or for any other reason, if you start this process, you will need to arm yourself with twice as much motivation than your comrades who chose to take courses or go abroad to learn the language.
Why? This is because you will be neither framed nor in contact with the language daily. Learning by oneself is not given to everyone, thus you must set targets and stick to them, and if you want to achieve your goals, you will have to put all the chances on your side.
Let’s see what recipe Lingolistic has for an effective self-taught learning.
Learn the basics
English is richer than French in terms of number of words in the dictionary, so we may have a tendency to believe that it is more difficult to learn. But the Anglophones use only a small portion of these words every day, unlike the French who proportionately, use more words. It is therefore interesting to start by focusing on the most commonly used vocabulary and grammar, this will give you good basis to continue and deepen your learning.
Practice on a daily basis
Very important! Even if you have just 5 or 10 minutes a day to devote to learning the language, it is always better than nothing! Being in contact with the language daily will help your brain to assimilate more easily and quickly.
If you want your learning to be effective, don’t forget to have a little fun.
Vary the pleasures; you are not forced to stay glued to your grammar book. On the contrary, if you like a series, a comedian, an author, a program, a radio station or other stuffs (all English-speaking, of course), feel free to use and link the useful to the pleasant by using several different media.
Listen and speak
It is not enough to read or write a language, it is also particularly important to know how to speak. And to do so, it is important to use audio and video materials that will help you immensely in pronunciation and in the authentic language (not just theoretical). By yourself, you can simply listen and repeat aloud, just for training. Or alternatively, you can look for an English-speaking interlocutor with whom you can converse from time to time, via the internet or in person.
Learn a language offline
Although the Internet has become an almost unavoidable tool for language learning, some people are still resisting and prefer a more traditional method of learning, without the need to use internet.
Learn a language online
Nowadays, thanks to the internet, it is possible to learn a language online, and for those who are almost married to their phone or computer, it’s great news.