Did you know that learning a foreign language in one month is actually possible? It may sound too good to be true, and yet, it is exactly the method that I used to learn English quickly. You can apply the same method to learn any other language that you wish to, in just 30 days.
Before we move on, let me just say that it is not going to be like the stereotypical 30-days language courses that you might have seen earlier. They teach you how not to get lost as a tourist, with some common phrases so that you can ask how you can go to a certain place, order a meal at a cafe, and so on. That doesn't make you a confident, fluent speaker.
The methods that I am about to share with you will help you become fluent, more confident so that you can speak a foreign language on various subjects. I am not even a Language Teacher, to be honest. I just used these methods myself and I think it can help you just as well.
There are 3 things that you need to know to learn any language in 30 days.
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1) Learn The Most Common Words
If you know the 300 most common words in English, you will understand 65% of the information. You don’t need to learn thousands of words to understand the majority of the information that you read or hear.
If you can expand your vocabulary, learn 1000 words, you will be able to understand 88% of the information. Therefore, it makes you truly fluent.
How can you find those most common words and learn them? In this site, you can find the most common words in 40 different languages. Sometimes, they are called "Word Frequency Lists". They have the 200 most common words in about 40 different languages.
If you are a total beginner, I would recommend that you start by learning 300 words. If you know these foundational words, then you can go forward, learn 500 or even 1000 words. You don’t really need to learn more than that.
2) How Can You Learn?
How can you memorize those 300-500 common words? Of course, you can just print this list of words together with their translation and just learn them. But some tools will help you learn them faster, more efficiently, and easier.
There is a software that allows you to study words and to do it more efficiently - it is called Quizlet.
It provides you with the words in the form of flashcards; on the front, you will see the sentences in the language that you wish to learn, and on the back, you will see the translation in your native language. Another software is somewhat similar to this, called Anki. It has a little bit more advanced functionality. But I believe that its only drawback is that it doesn’t
have a huge database as the flashcards in Quizlet. Anyway, you may give it a try.
Now you have learned the most common words, what's next?
3) How To Construct Sentences?
How to put words together in a sentence? We language-learners, sometimes seem like a cat or a dog, who seems to understand everything that is going on but cannot say anything.
When other people talk, maybe you can understand them, but when it is your turn to talk, you usually have a hard time putting the words together in a sentence. You are not sure how to do it right.
Hence, you just remain silent to avoid making mistakes. It is because when you start learning grammar, there are so many different rules; some of them are complex.
Therefore, you try learning them, but it doesn’t give you much clarity and doesn't improve your fluency. That’s why, instead, I recommend using another method.
I am going to share with you a table/scheme, where you can see the nine forms of sentences. It is all you need to know to express whatever idea you have.
I know that the nine forms of sentences may sound like too much, but in reality, it is just a tiny, little fraction of all the grammar rules. And with this little knowledge, you can feel confident and fluent in speaking a foreign language. You can download it here.
The table summarizes the fundamental grammar that you need to know about English or any other language that you wish to learn. Of course, it is not everything that you may possibly learn about a foreign language, but it gives you the most critical, essential things you need to know.
If you learn this, you can already speak fluently and convey whatever message you wish to.
Let me explain this:
· On the left column, you can see the questions – when you like to ask something.
· On the central column, you can see the sentences in declarative format – when you just wish to state something (statements).
· And on the right column, you can see the negative sentences – when you wish to deny something.
Besides that, it is also structured based on the tense that you wish to use – Past, Present, and Future. Using this table, you can easily construct any type of sentence.
There is a third component that you need to know – ACTIVE LEARNING.
Think about this, what is the traditional way of learning a foreign language? It is that you learn a certain lesson, and then you pass a short quiz in the end.
Therefore, it is 95% passive learning, where you just read/watch/hear something and only 5% active learning, where you apply this knowledge in practice.
It is the least effective way of learning. You only truly remember something and acquire a skill when you practice it yourself. Therefore, it should be the other way round; you need to practice for 95% of the time and learn for 5% of the time.
You don’t have to know a lot of things about a foreign language. You only need to know a small percentage of the most critical information. But what is important is to practice this little fraction of knowledge over and over again, till you feel fluent and confident in what you know.
How can you practice what you have learned so far? Very simple! You simply take a new verb (go, like, love, hate, etc.) and use those 9 forms of sentences with this verb.
· I will go – a declarative statement in the future tense
· Will I go? – a question in the future tense
· I will not go – a negative statement in the future tense
Do the same for the present and the past tense. Then you take another verb and repeat the process – this is the foundation. If you can automate yourself using the 9 main forms of sentences, you will start speaking fluently.
You won't have to think about it in your head. Create the sentence in your native language, then think about how to translate it and then actually utter the words of this sentence. :)
A lot of people hope to learn a language by watching moves in that language. This is passive learning, too, which is highly ineffective. I understand that the method I suggest is a little bit boring, but it is highly effective.
If you still wish to learn a foreign language by watching movies, because it's fun, there is a site that provides you with a convenient way to learn languages while watching your favorite videos (with subtitles, translation and other features for learning). It’s free for 45 minutes per day – click here.
I would recommend that you take a short video clip and try to understand it by maybe watching it several times, instead of watching a long movie. If you just watch a movie, you will not understand most of the things. Even if you check a few words with the dictionary, it still won't help you.
If you want to deepen your knowledge in a foreign language, you can also find a lot of free courses below:
If you follow these 3 methods, I guarantee that you can learn any foreign language and speak it fluently, naturally, and with confidence. You can understand most of the things that other people say. Even if there are some separate words that you don’t understand, you can guess them based on the context.
I hope this helps you. If so, please share it with your friends. I feel that there are so many people who tried learning a foreign language for months and years and they are still not fluent. Hopefully, with this article, they can progress much faster.