The majority of people who study a language do so for conversation.
If you haven’t checked out my method of learning a language, that guide is a pretty good summary of how I’ve learned four languages in the past few years. But the article can really be summarized in a single sentence.
“To learn a language quickly, you have to speak the language—a lot.”
A book will not teach you to speak a language. A film will not teach you to speak a language. If you want to speak a language, speak a language.
Yet, there are some barriers to entry. How do you find someone to speak the language with? Who will correct you?
Here are some actionable steps. Follow these steps, and you’ll not only have a language tutor—you’ll have jump-started the process of learning a new language.
Two Simple Steps To Jumpstart Learning A Language
1) Buy a phrasebook – Head over to Amazon.com and buy a Lonely Planet phrasebook. This will have a lot of phrases you can use that are broken down by categories.
2) Hire an online private tutor for a 1 hour session – Go to EduFire and search for a private tutor who teaches the language. Hire them. Right now. I’m serious. Schedule a date in a few days, after your phrasebook will arrive.
That’s it. For less than $25, you’ll have a huge resource of words, phrases, and sentences–and a scheduled tutoring date.
By following these two steps, you’ve set the stage for language learning. By hiring a tutor, all doubt in your mind is gone–you’ll definitely be practicing the language in just a few days. And you’ll have a guide to practice phrase books.
So, right now—follow those steps. Did you buy a phrasebook and hire a tutor for a one hour session? Tell me below in the comments.