Tips and Tricks to Learn a New language


Miranda Elgin, Writer

As the world continues to become more connected, it’s starting to be more and more beneficial for someone to know more than one language. Though, learning a new language isn’t always easy and takes perseverance and dedication to achieve. 

To learn a language, you should alter your studies to what fits you the best. Everyone has a different style of learning that works for them, and it’s important that you try to focus on that. I am more of a visual and auditory learner, and here are some tips and tricks that have helped me. 


One of the most well-known forms of studying is flashcards. Flashcards are an easy tool that helps get the wheels in your brain turning and helps with swift recollection. For me personally, flashcards tend to work really well when it comes to memorization. Along with that, it helps you learn through writing too. It’s been proven that writing down things that you’re currently learning, or trying to learn, helps you remember that material better. 


Another well-known tool, that’s frequently used in schools, is Quizlet. Quizlet is a good multi-use tool for learning. Quizlet gives access to flashcards, fast-paced games, quizzes, and more. Oftentimes, it’s easy to find pre-made sets and material to use, so you don’t have to sacrifice your free time to make your own. Though Quizlet isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it’s very beneficial when it comes to retaining information through constant use. 


One of the most used apps for new language learners is Duolingo. By using repetition, auditory learning, pronunciation practice and sentence building, the app helps you learn your language as efficiently as possible. Duolingo offers short stories that allow you to strengthen your reading and writing skills so you use them more effortlessly. As I said previously, this app may not work for everyone, but it can definitely teach you something if you try it out.


Some may call it “old school,” but having a physical copy of a book may be helpful. It’s not always easy to get access to said books, but having the ability to write and highlight can sometimes be the best solution for memorization. With books, your reading and writing skills are improved, and they can also help you learn how to speak and use vocabulary like a native speaker. 


Maybe the most daunting, but most effective way to learn a new language is simply through immersion. Though it’s not exactly simple to do so, it’s been said to work the best. Immersion, for those who don’t know, is when you travel to a different country with no experience with the language, and you slowly pick it up as you go. I know it’s not easy to travel sometimes, so some ways you can do a type of “faux immersion” is to find penpals, watch content only speaking the language you’re learning, or you can also use an app called “HelloTalk.” HelloTalk is an app that allows you to connect with people who speak the language you’re learning. They help you with your understanding and give suggestions on what to fix. In return, you can help them learn English (or whatever your first language is).

Learning a language is something that’ll take time to achieve, but with some of these resources listed, your journey can become 10 times easier. Adiós!