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How to Learn Languages
1. Make language learning part of your daily routine. You’ve surely heard the expression: practice makes perfect. But when it comes to learning a new language, there’s more to it than that. What’s really important to learning a new language is not so much the length of your individual study sessions, but rather, the frequency of the lessons. Daily lessons are far more effective than lessons spaced few and far between. By setting aside just a short amount of time on your schedule every day, you’ll make learning your new language part of your routine––a habit. Rosetta Stone supports this effective approach to learning a new language with brief 10-minute lessons that review vocabulary, teach new phrases, and help you practice pronunciation.
2. Fully immerse yourself in the language. Successful language learners often comment on the critical importance of immersing themselves in their new language. But what does it mean to immerse oneself? Examples of immersion techniques include watching movies, reading books, and listening to music in the language you are learning. This approach tends to inspire a profound understanding and connection with your new language. You can think of this approach as “language osmosis.” By absorbing it for hours at a time, it helps you become accustomed to hearing the common colloquialisms and subtle nuances of pronunciation of the language.
3. Speak the language. For most learners, the goal of acquiring language skills is to both understand and speak understandably in the new language. That’s why it’s important that you practice speaking phrases and newly-acquired vocabulary out loud and do so every day––not only to polish your pronunciation, but also build the comfort and confidence you need to speak your new language in everyday situations. Rosetta Stone’s patented speech-recognition engine, TruAccent™, gives you the feedback you need to properly pronounce the words of your new language, in each and every language lesson.
4. Set attainable language learning goals. Learning a language can be a big commitment, but you can make it a manageable one by breaking your language studies into bite-sized lessons. It’s simply not feasible to learn an entirely new language in a matter of weeks, but setting realistic goals, ones you can stick to, will help you make consistent progress toward learning your language of choice. Here’s a tip: set goals that align with the time you have to devote to language learning. Then once you reach your initial goals, you can build slowly and consistently towards understanding and being understood in your new language.
5. Commit to the journey, not the destination. Rather than attempting to memorize a ton of vocabulary words as soon as possible, you will be better off committing to frequent review, proper pronunciation, and practice speaking your chosen new language. For most language learners, the goal is to be able to comfortably understand and confidently speak their new language in everyday conversation. That means knowing not just words and phrases, but also developing a broader understanding of the language and culture.
The team of linguists and pedagogy specialists at Rosetta Stone understands that acquiring a new language is a personal journey for every individual. That’s why Rosetta Stone has designed the TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine to be adjustable according to your individual needs. Are you ready to challenge yourself with difficult French pronunciations? Or would you rather slow things down a bit for elementary Arabic? You can adjust the sensitivity of TruAccent with the slide of a finger.
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Download a unit and knock it out on the train or a flight. Select a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in while you wait in line or for your ride to show up. And explore dynamic features, like Seek and Speak, where you can point at an object in the real world and get a translation.
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