Each year, we make a resolution to do something better. And lots of people choose to start, or continue, a new language. But between work, friends, family, and endless errands, it’s easy to lose your stride. Want to keep the momentum going? Complete these language resolutions throughout the year: they’re quick, easy, fun, and will boost your confidence.
Read a novel in its original text.
This one is for a more advanced learner. Reading literature in another language gives you a sense of achievement. Plus, it teaches you tons of new vocabulary. Order a book online, then make a commitment to leaf through a few pages each day.
Make a friend in a new language.
It’s never been easier to befriend somebody online from another part of the world. Language exchanges are best, since they let the other person practice in your native tongue.
Practice your pronunciation at home.
Do you sing in the shower? Instead of belting the latest Taylor Swift—no judgement—try enunciating the vowels and consonants of your target language. Later, keep practicing with TruAccent® , our speech-recognition engine that helps you pronounce like a native speaker.
Teach your family and friends some new words.
It’s said that teaching is one of the best ways of learning. Show grandma how to say something simple like, ¿cómo estás? or bom dia or je voudrais du café.
Cook something tasty using a recipe in your new language.
If you’ve got a culinary side, this one’s for you. Go online and find an interesting recipe in the language you’re learning. Then, follow the instructions and get cooking. There are plenty of chefs on YouTube from around the world, too.
Order your favorite meal.
Head over to a restaurant where your new language is spoken. Out for a Chinese bite? Maybe you want to dine on some Mexican tacos? Traveling to Paris? See if someone will practice with you, then order your favorite dish using new expressions from Phrasebook.
Do one good deed with your language.
A language can be a tool for good. Find a way to help somebody else using the skills you’ve picked up. It can be small, like giving directions, or bigger, like volunteering at a soup kitchen.
Listen to native speakers, each day.
Repeated exposure to native speakers is one of the most effective ways to learn a language. Hearing their tones, cadences, and slang is not only fun—it’s also an invaluable tool. Your brain will unconsciously pick up patterns, helping you understand important nuances.
A new language is closer than you think. Make 2018 your year with Rosetta Stone.