5 Tips to Help You Learn a New Language - Kara Masterson

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Learning a new language can be one of the most rewarding, interesting and useful things you can do in life. However, many people never begin learning the language they've always wanted to speak because learning a new language seems like an insurmountable challenge. Luckily, there are some simple ways to make the process easier. Here are five simple tips to help you learn a new language.

1. Make Use of Native Teachers Online

The modern wonder of the internet has made learning a new language easier than ever before. Live video and audio communication around the world has led to many websites springing up that can connect those wishing to learn a new language with teachers who speak it as a first language. For example, an English speaker wishing to learn Russian can connect with teachers who speak Russian with English as a second language. These sites usually charge for the services of their teachers, but the amounts are modest and well worth it.

2. Focus on Key Vocabulary

Learning to be completely fluent in a language can take years, but students can achieve reasonable proficiency in just a few months by focusing only on the most common elements of a language. For example, students should treat greetings and basic inquiries with more importance than the finer points of discussing high art in their new language. Since well over half of the conversation in a language will take place using only about 20 percent of its vocabulary, narrowing your studies to the most common words will help you to achieve proficiency much more quickly.

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Study smart and focus on key vocabulary

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