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1 Focus more on learning to speak than to read and write the language. Spend time around as many native speakers. Join groups that include native speakers and learners alike.

2 Start by learning the 100 most used words in the language. Use the computer to find out what they are. This will give you a very good start.

3 Read a couple of paragraphs a day in the language even if you don’t understand what they mean. Get a professional to help you with the pronunciation and accent. Use audio recordings if you don’t know anyone personally.

4 Combine on line and off line lessons in grammar and syntax. ( sentence construction )

5 Commit to learning at least 5 words of vocabulary each day apart from the 100 most used words mentioned earlier.

6 Put the language in context by visiting or preferably living in the country where it is spoken. Understanding the culture of the native speakers will help you learn the language quicker.

7 Take formal language qualifications as these help motivate you to learn.

8 Watch foreign films and news with subtitles in your language Use outlets like Netflix for this resource

9 Watch films in your language with subtitles in the language you are trying to learn use similar resources as in number 8

10 Don’t be afraid to practice in front of native speakers. They will not laugh at you. In fact they are usually flattered that you are trying to communicate with them on their terms.

Peter Bull (EFL TEACHER)

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