6 things you should know before start learning a new language

Learning a new language is like commencing an exciting adventure. At the beginning, you want to know everything about it, learn quickly and actively, then you meet some troubles since the journey starts going into a difficult part, you feel a little tired, begin to slow down your steps, but you still want to continue…After experiencing and overcoming a sequence of difficulties, you finally reach the summit of the mountain…Unfortunately, you do not see the beautiful scenery as promised but another more huge and bigger mountain…! I’m sure this kind of situation happens to each language learner, it also includes me. Thus, here are some tips to help you learn languages. Hoping they would be useful to you:)


  1. Adjust your attitude towards learning

This point is simple but easily ignored. I noticed that most language learners always start with a great interest but cannot stick to the end. They tend to be slowed down or stop completely after suffering a heavy blow from others. That is normal, since we don’t want to be denied, or viewed as a no value person, this is especially true for those who are sensitive to criticism. Well, here is an advice for you, adjusting your attitude first before you start learning. That is to say, make yourself more humble, stop feeling that you has been insulted or need to rescue your face. In fact, people who are willing to help you are normally quite easy-going. I believe it works not only in language but also in other things.


  1. Squeeze your time

The time here I want to talk about is the time you have potentially. It means the time you spend on several meaningless things but they cannot be avoided, and you do not want to concentrate all your energy on them. For example, the time spends on cooking, on the way home, when you work out etc. My advice is – trying to use these moments to recall the things about the language you have learnt in your mind. Yes, just using your mind to remember the key points. Prepare a pen and a piece of paper (if possible) to write down something that appeared difficult or blank to you, and review them right away or tomorrow. This method is pretty simple and effective since our memory can stay fresh all the time. After a period of time, I wager you will never forget them. Another thing I want to emphasise here is that the most important point about learning languages is repeating and memorising. If you do not memorise, the knowledge that you have learnt will never belong to you. 🙂


  1. Do not be shy

I believe everyone knows this now, so I am going to repeat it here again, just remind yourself all the time, forget your proper bride, ask as much as questions you can and makes mistakes!


  1. Alternative learning

If you keep learning one language for a long time, you may easily get tired. If it does, put it aside for a moment, doing other things instead, such as watching a TV drama, go for a walk or even you can start another new language! After you feel no longer saturated with it, go back and start it again:)


  1. Find the right learning methods

I still remember when I was a teenager, it was very difficult for me to learn English, I used to ask myself: ‘Am I so stupid? Or this is too difficult?’ This situation had remained until I went to university. I then realised that it is just because I did not apply the proper methods. Yes, I hope you can realise this too, since it may save you a great number time (time is money^^). If you apply the wrong ways to learn a language, no matter how hard you try, how much efforts and time you contributed, it may still come to nought.


  1. Set your goal

This point is very easy to understand. It often takes years to master one language perfectly, Thus, make a small goal for yourself during a short period of time. Remember Rome was not built in one day!

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Thank you for the above learning tips!
I am considering taking Mandarin lessons with you – please tell me which time zone you are in and when would be the best time to have lessons.
John S.