Updated: Nov 4, 2020
Moving to a new country can be daunting for anyone. Sometimes, the culture is different. The people act differently than what you are used to. When you must learn a new language in a new place that can be even more confusing. Sometimes, it’s difficult to learn a new place even when you do know the language!
The process of learning a new language becomes even more difficult if you didn’t have access to education in your own country. For example, learning how to study can be a challenge if you never had to. Or, if you didn’t learn certain things in your native language, how can you learn them in English? This can make the path to learning even rockier.
If this describes you, don’t worry. If you’ve made it this far, to even be here, you can make it the rest of the way. Start with what you do know (and believe me, you know more than you think). However much or little you know in your own language, think about how you learned it.
What helped you learn? Was it hearing someone else speak? Was it speaking yourself? Did it help you to write things down? Did you have to see what was in front of you? You can do all of those things when learning English.
Here are 10 Strategies to Get You Started:
1. Watch as much American television and listen to as much American music as you can.
Many times, when you’re watching a tv show or movie, you may understand most of what is happening, even if you don’t understand every single word. Make note of words that you hear a lot. Do the same with music.
2. Keep language flash cards.
Write down a new word and its meaning every day. Try to use that word either in
conversation or write it in a sentence.
3. Keep a language journal.
Practice language in written form. Every day, write down thoughts that you have related to things that you’ve seen, heard, or how you feel about something. If it’s more comfortable for you when you start out, write in your own language.
Draw, even, if you like to draw. Start simple, and don’t think about how much you should be writing. Write what feels comfortable for you. Over time, you will find that you can write