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Five Ways To Learn A Foreign Language Quickly

Travelers Today       By    JC Santos

Updated: Jan 31, 2017 03:03 AM EST

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Immigration policies could require that applicants learn a language a few months before their interview. Sometimes, the requirements specify even just a few weeks. Crunching time to learn a language is difficult, but there are five ways travelers aspiring to learn a new language quickly.

Memorization is unnecessary in the absence of context. But understanding the idea of a phrase is the seed of learning. To place context, learners of a language could memorize instead phrases they could use for their needs -- something similar to using a "common phrases" book for most travelers. Except, when travelers memorize phrases, they remember the context and the pattern of their sentence, which aids the learning process.

According to BBC, listen or consume any media associated with the language one needs to learn. Music is a great way to memorize common phrases that may be available aside from appreciating a target country's culture. Foreign language movies with subtitles can also be helpful in making the language easier to digest and "friendlier" to the ear.

Be consistent in listening and watching these media. One's brain immediately picks out certain words and phrases repeated by songs and movies consistently. All languages sound foreign if it is heard only a few times a day. One learned to speak a native language by hearing it on a consistent basis since childhood and learning. The same rule applies -- the more exposure, the easier it would be to learn.

Once one understands a few phrases, it is essential to have fun. According to Babbel's John Erik-Jordan, the best way to learn is to use the language in ways that release endorphins -- which cement the concepts in one's brain quickly. He suggests drawing comic strips, writing poems or even music -- and not mind the grammar but only focus on the idea in the process.

Erik-Jordan also suggests that before anything else, learners find their motivation. It is fun to play with phrases and learn a new language, but without a proper main objective, one easily falls out of love learning the language. Commitment, and the motivation to commit, is greatly important.

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