Every person who is learning another language wants to be fluent in it eventually and why shouldn’t s/he? After all, that is the purpose of learning any foreign language, at least for most people. However, there are certain techniques that you must practice so you can be better at speaking another language. If you want to learn how to become fluent in another language quickly, you need to take a look at the following tips.
1.Reading And Writing
Writing is an essential part of language learning, and that is why you should never ignore it. Writing in another language demands you to think, and that will help you see things clearly. You need to find such exercise that challenge. For example, exercises that require you to choose the right word in a sentence, answer questions, write essays and compose email messages, can help you become fluent.
2.Listen, Listen And Listen!
What is the first rule to become fluent in any language? Learning a language alone is not going to be sufficient. You can know the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of a language by heart but you can never be confident enough to speak it properly if you are not familiar with the pronunciations. For example, French alphabet pronunciation is not something you can learn by books. Sure there are phonetics that will teach you the sounds, but you must take help from other sources as well. Until you hear the words spoken out for you, you can never learn and remember how they are spoken. We recommend listening to anything in that language, that includes, songs, TV/radio shows, and podcasts. You will also learn your common mistakes that you didn’t know existed.
You can never fluently speak anything unless you practice it. Start by watching TV shows or films in the target language and then try to imitate certain dialogues. The purpose of the exercise is so you can learn to juggle those foreign sounds more easily. Learning is not enough unless there is no practice to balance it. Watch other people speak the target language and then the phrases and sentences. The best way to learn is to speak a language as well as continuously listening to native speakers.
Any language learner must read books of the target language they are learning, but what they should also do is read those books aloud. Even in schools, children are supposed to read out in front of the entire class because it improves their reading skills, and hence they begin to speak more easily.
5.Speak With Other People
It is better if you start practicing by speaking in the target language. If there are any native speakers of the language around you, you can start with them. Try having casual conversations with other people where you talk about your interests.
If you are struggling with a new language, these tips should help you become fluent in it in a few months. Good Luck!
About the Author:
Lara Smith has worked for Wall Street English for 20 years. After studying at Stanford University and subsequently doing a CELTA course, she began her career in teaching. She is obsessed with languages and currently writes blogs at https://www.mimicmethod.com/.