Learning a new language may seem daunting at first. But don’t worry, there is an easy way to accelerate your progress!
The key is to focus on the basics. Whether you just want to learn a few sentences or want to speak fluently, learning the basics is extremely valuable. Getting familiar with these basics is a good place to start!
Core language basics
- Conversational words
- Verb conjugation
Once you understand these, you will be surprised how much of the language you can understand. Plus, with these tools in your belt, you have everything you need to keep making rapid progress!
Let’s take a look at how you can master each of these core language components:
Learn the letters
Start things by becoming familiar with the alphabet. Especially if the alphabet in your new language looks different than the one you are used to, it is worth spending some time understanding the different characters and how they interact. For example, if you are learning Japanese, you should understand the Hiragana writing system and combine vowels and consonants.
And even if your new language generally uses the same alphabet that you are familiar with, there are sure to be nuances to immerse yourself in. For example, the tone each letter makes is likely to be different, and accented special characters may also appear.
On the go, it is helpful to practice listening to the sound of each letter or letter and saying it out loud yourself. By mastering the building blocks of your new language, you open the door to understanding. Plus, this exercise will speed up your pronunciation progress!
Now to the numbers
Next, you will learn the number system in your new language. This is often one of the first things covered in language learning courses, and for good reason: Numbers come in handy!
First, practice numbers 1 through 10 until you get them down. Then move on to 11 through 20 – or familiarize yourself with 1 through 100 for an extra challenge.
Not only is this knowledge useful, but it also gives you a good feel for the general number structure in your new language. For example, if you know that 11 is “once” and 100 is “ciento” in Spanish, you can say “ciento” once (111). And counting in French goes one step further, because you use math to communicate numbers over 70 (“soixante-dix” or “sixty plus ten”).
Start a conversation
At this point you are ready for conversational words. This is where the fun really begins! Start by learning common greeting phrases and typical answers to them. Knowing how to say “Good morning” and answer the question “How are you?” will help you feel like a local!
Next, you can look at other key questions, such as:
- What time is it?
- How is the weather today?
- Where are you from?
- Can you repeat that?
- How do I get to the train station?
- What’s for lunch?
Practice answering and asking these frequently asked questions. You will also develop an understanding of basic nouns and useful idioms.
Time to conjugate
Next, it’s time to dive into verb conjugation. Start by learning the basic rules of past, present, and future conjugation. Visual aids such as tables can be very helpful in memorizing this information.
By far the best way to really understand and remember verb conjugations is to hear them in context and practice on your own. Try to say common sentences in each tense, such as:
- I ate Salmon for dinner yesterday / I am eat now a sandwich for lunch / I will eat Morning eggs for breakfast
- I went yesterday to the library / i am walk straight to the office / tomorrow I. will go to the grocery store
While practicing, don’t worry if you make mistakes – it’s all part of the learning process.
Perfect your pronunciation
Now that you know many of the basics, it is time to focus on proper pronunciation. A great way to do this is to listen to a native speaker and practice repeating their pronunciation. This can be done with a podcast, a TV show, or with a friend!
Finding a native speaker to talk to can take your language learning to the next level. For example, you can start a language exchange or take advantage of Rosetta Stone’s live tutoring. Either way, it is important to get feedback as you practice, especially regarding your pronunciation!
How Rosetta Stone can help
Would you like help with learning your new language? Rosetta Stone walks you through these basics in an exciting way!
From a comprehensive alphabetical dictionary to interactive stories, you’ve got everything you need to get started. And with TruAccent speech recognition, you have a safe place to practice your pronunciation, complete with real-time feedback.
With Rosetta Stone, speak and understand the basics in no time. Get started today at www.rosettastone.com