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Published on July 4, 2012, by in Au Pair.

Learning a new language is no small task, and when you’re travelling to a new country to work it’s essential that you quickly pick up the country’s language. At the very least in the beginning you at least need to be able to understand the conversational basics of the language, and these ten different ways can help put you on the fast track to language mastery success.

  1. Rosetta Stone – There’s not many languages that Rosetta Stone doesn’t cover, and people have long touted the effectiveness of the program. Rosetta Stone will give you a comprehensive understanding of a new language quickly and effectively by combining several different learning methods.
  2. YouTube – If you’re looking for a free way to learn a new language, YouTube is chock full of great lessons. Seeing actual people pronounce words will also give you a good grasp of how to correctly articulate tricky words.
  3. Traditional Classes – There’s something to be said for going the traditional classroom route. You’ll be able to get support from fellow classmates and turn to the teacher anytime something confusing leaves you stumped. Regular tests and quizzes will give you benchmarks to show how you’re progressing.
  4. Online Classes – If you don’t have the time to attend a traditional classroom setting but still want the structure of a class then online classes could satisfy both of those requirements. Since it’s entirely online you have more freedom to study when the time is right for you, while still being able to interact with a professor if you get stumped along the way.
  5. Immersion – Sometimes the best way to learn is by fully immersing yourself in the culture. You’ll pick up on social cues and real-life interactions and learn about the culture in the process.
  6. Audio Books – Listening to audio books is a great way to learn a new language because you can listen to the books when you’re in the car, working out, or just doing every day activities. Hearing pronunciations and being able to recite them back after listening to them is a great way to get used to actually speaking the language.
  7. Private tutoring – Whether it’s from a member of your host family or someone that you’ve hired, private tutoring can give you one-on-one attention that other options lack. The individualized attention can help perfect the language in no time.
  8. Language Books – Like audio books, language books give you the freedom to study a language whenever you have some free time. Languages aren’t all about speaking and hearing, you will have to learn how to read the language as well, and books about the language are a great introduction.
  9. Watch movies with in a foreign language – Picking a movie in a foreign language when you’re already familiar with the plotline and story gives you a chance to pick up the language in a unique way. You can choose one with subtitles if you’re just starting out and gradually work up to not including the subtitles as you become more comfortable with the language. It’s a good way to test if you’re actually understanding the language or not.
  10. Language Swaps – In a language swap you will partner up with someone who knows your desired language and is attempting to learn your native tongue and you will mutually help each other learn the other language. This is a great way to learn because both parties benefit.

As difficult as learning a new language may be there are several different ways to tackle learning it that will appeal to all types of learners. And if one method doesn’t work out, don’t give up! Just pick a new one and keep trying.

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