The Loqacious Team members, like our users, come from different backgrounds and cultures. Our community manager, Yassine, is French and speaks 4 languages fluently (french, english, spanish and arabic) so we asked him to share his techniques and tips for learning a new language. Here’s how he approaches it :
Yassine’s 7 tips and tricks
- Learn how to pronounce all the letters of the alphabet of the language you’re learning. That way you become more familiar with the sounds and pronunciation and it gets easier to recognise, understand and assimilate new words. It’s faster than learning the pronunciation for every word.
- To back up your oral skills and help you see words in your mind you need to read. Even a little bit can be enough so you don’t have to read a whole book. Subtitles can do the job.
- If you aren’t able to the language you’re learning with people around you, movies and tv shows can be powerful allies on your journey. Especially TV shows as the episodes are scheduled every week. Or download Loqacious of course!!
- If you can practice with others, practice as much as possible and don’t be afraid to make mistakes! Nobody has ever learned a language without making mistakes along the way.
- Be patient (the Jedi motto!). You can’t master everything in two or three months and even natives don’t know all the words in their language. Your vocabulary will gradually increase as time goes by if you aim to learn a few new words every day. Let them come to you!
- Make friends with the locals. Meeting locals is essential because eventually they will be your main source of idiomatic expressions and explanations whenever you don’t understand words or concepts that don’t exist in your native tongue.
- And of course be passionate about it. Curiosity is the best driver when learning. It helps you learn what you need to know but also what you didn’t expect to find out.