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Total immersion is the way to go when learning a new language, because, let’s face it: learning is doing. Or, at least, this is the learning method behind Mondly! By immersion, we mean surrounding yourself and actually using the language you want to learn on a day-to-day basis. Think of the language that you speak, write or think in every day, apart from your native one. Yup, if you’re reading this article, no matter your nationality, chances are you are already immersed in the English language. Need a few tips on how to carry on this trend (that by the way, you’ve been using unconsciously with English) to other language learning experiences? We took a page out of Johannes Honterus’ book, and you can do that too!
But of course, let’s start with the whys before the hows. Why should you immerse yourself in a language that you want to learn? It’s pretty simple actually: the more you speak, read, write in that language, the faster you can learn it. And now, let’s give you some tips!
Yes, this one is a no-brainer, but it’s also the best method that you may use to learn a foreign language. First, choose the language. No inspiration? Find out which are the most studied foreign languages in America and something about the Romance languages, just for good measure. Once you choose a language, choose a destination. When you’re there, do as the locals do. Make friends, communicate with everyone, soak up the culture and habits. If you want more than a friendship, strike up a romance by using one of the 40 best pick-up lines from around the world.
This should provide a great starting point. However, you have to go back home, right? Don’t worry, the rest of the tips on this list will keep you on track.
Use our app
Did you know how easy it is to use Mondly? We’ll help you get really immersed in your language of choice by providing:
- A chatbot with speech recognition in order for you to have that REAL conversation experience;
- Augmented reality courses on Oculus Quest;
- A hands-free option for the learner on the go;
- Flawless recordings of native speakers;
- A gamified experience.
Not to mention that you have over 40 languages to choose from!
Converse with natives
Here’s hoping you made some friends while you were abroad. If not, fret not, there are ways to find natives around you. There are a lot of student exchange programs around the world, and maybe there’s even a small community in your country. If offline you can’t find them, the world wide web will be your friend. Find people to converse with online, in forums and activity groups for example and you’ll share an interest with the native speakers of the language you want to learn. That should get the ball rolling. Of course, don’t be afraid of making mistakes.
Order using the language you’re learning
Ok, so there’s this little Mexican food place near where I study and I love their tacos. Now, I’m not a fan of Spanish myself, but if I were, I could chat up the native waiters and order in Spanish. I’m sure you can find such places where you live. Also, the food will definitely taste better after you order it using your knowledge. Or maybe you’ll just be more satisfied with yourself, who knows?
Since you’re intertwining food and language, why not cook using recipes in a different language?
Choose entertainment options that feature the language you want to learn
In this case, the possibilities are endless. Watch movies and series, I hear Squid Game is popular right now, listen to songs and podcasts, read books or even play video games using the language you want to learn. The first time I heard Ezio Auditore speak Italian, the game registered differently for me! If you’re stuck on your phone most of the time, why not change its settings to the new language? Read the news, train your pets or even start journaling in the language you want to learn. The results will surprise you!
Talk to yourself
Yes, we learn new languages in order to communicate with others, but this does not have to be the norm. Speak to yourself using the new language and you’ll notice the benefits of active recall. You might even start thinking reflexively in the new language as a result. Also, you may learn how to curse in a new language, so as not to get caught so easily.
Finally, you can choose a study buddy to help you achieve progress every day. Why not a virtual one? Mondly’s here for you, every day, for however long you need it. Get Mondly now and you’ll be that much closer to speaking like a native, in just a couple of minutes a day.
Immerse yourself in over 40 languages
Do you want to broaden your horizons and learn a new language? Get Mondly, the award-winning language learning app that will help you speak up to 41 languages.
It can be really tricky to learn a new language if you don’t actively live in a country where it is spoken. But with Mondly you’ll have access to a fast and highly efficient learning method that allows you to learn languages naturally with:
- practical topics,
- real-life conversations,
- bite-sized lessons,
- and so much more.
Start using Mondly for free on your computer or download the app and learn Spanish, German and more anytime, anywhere.