How to learn a foreign language

Have you ever studied a foreign language?

I have. Twice.

The first one was English. And I’m still in the process. But I can live and work with the level of knowledge that I have. So, that’s good.

The second was Portuguese.

Well, I can call it a process too, but I definitely wouldn’t be able to survive with my level of knowledge in Portugal.

I recently talked with Tatjana Behrndt about how to learn a foreign language.

Tatjana is a Russian who has been living in Germany for more than 20 years. She teaches German language courses and conducts coaching sessions.

Our meeting, as usual, took place on zoom. However, it was in Russian. But I have attached English subtitles to the YouTube video.

For those who don’t have time to watch, here are my conclusions. 

So, if you learn a foreign language yourself you need to:

-Find or create a system. (The system may depend on the purpose of your studying and a level of language you would like to get).

-Find tools ( APPs, books, video, websites)

-Use a 30-day method ( you use a specific tool for 30 days and then check if it did help) 

-Find motivation. (It’s a difficult one. You should be positive about everything you do for learning, and pay attention to every little success you have).

-If nothing helps or doesn’t  work for you, contact a coach or tutor to find out what you do wrong. 

As I said, this is just my conclusion.

If you have some tips for learning languages, please share with me.

I really appreciate it.

Author: Elena

Hi, My name is Elena. I am Russian living in the US. My blog is about my life and experience. This is my new hobby. So, please, don't be too hard on me. Thanks

6 thoughts on “How to learn a foreign language”

    1. Well, there are a lot of Spanish and Portuguese in our area. So ability to speak these languages may help at work. I prefer Portuguese though. The words are similar to Russian and English, and I like how it sounds. LOL

  1. Love this! I also want to learn other languages. I have started taking notes about Korean language so I can better understand Korean dramas without the subtitles. I haven’t really started taking lessons because of work. But this post inspired me. Now I need to continue with it. Thanks for sharing!

    1. You’re welcome! I’m always happy to share. The Korean language sounds very difficult to me. Good luck!

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