How Should You Learn a New Language?

Learning a language is one of the best things you can do for yourself in life. Not only can it help you become a more cultured and varied individual, but it can also lead to a ton of more job opportunities all over the world. But when deciding to learn a language, there are a few choices that need to be made.

The first choice you need to make is obviously which language to learn. Now, the language you pick will depend a lot upon what and where your goals are. For example, if you want to work or live in Spain, Spanish is your language. But the second and perhaps more important question to ask is just how you are going to learn this new language. And that will be the focal point of this article.

(source: examinedexistence.com)

(source: examinedexistence.com)

When it comes to learning a language there are a few different choices of how you can learn the language, but the three main ways would be: group sessions, individual training and full immersion.

Group sessions are perhaps the most informal of the group (as in, you get less one on one time), but they are widely available, can be fairly affordable and can make the whole process easier as you are not going through it alone, and can feed off the energy and knowledge of others.

(source: languagecoach.de)

(source: languagecoach.de)

In terms of the individual training, it can be done with a coach or a piece of software (such as Duolingo or Rosetta Stone). In the modern day, going with the piece of software is more affordable and can be quite thorough, but of course, is not the same as working with an actual person. The only problem with hiring an individual, one on one language coach is that it can be extremely expensive, but if you can afford it, it’s a great option.

And lastly, there is the possible option of full immersion. If you just take a trip out of nowhere you a spot where you want to immerse yourself in the culture, it can be a great way to learn a language. While you will be completely out of place for a while, you will soon be able to catch on to words and certain phrases that will make learning the language easier.