Language learning doesn’t have to be drudgery, spending monotonous hours studying verb tables and memorizing vocabulary.
You still need formal learning, such as that provided by Berlitz, and study to achieve your language learning goals, but there are also ways of making learning a second language entertaining, if not downright fun.
Here are a few:
Make a game of language learning
Video games are fun, but they can also be an important and fun tool in learning another language.
Most popular video games have embedded foreign language versions you can tap into and play, adding excitement and fun to your language learning. Besides, you’re less likely to catch flack for playing a video game if you’re learning something in the process.
There are also lots of puzzles and games available to help in language learning; word search games, cross-word puzzles, even Sudoku comes in dozens of languages.
In fact, you can find pretty much everything you can get in your native language.
Watch a movie
There are plenty of foreign language movies (and music) available on the Internet, on cable networks and through online sales networks. A quick scan of Google uncovered movies in French, Japanese, Spanish, German, Italian, Vietnamese and many others.
One suggestion: listen closely to pick up dialog, pronunciation and sentence structure. It’s easier if you pick a movie that you’re already familiar with so can focus on those and don’t get bogged down trying to figure out the plot. You can also jot down words you don’t understand and look them up later.
Also, try not to look at the subtitles; focus on the listening, not the reading.
Catch a game show on TV
Virtually every cable system offers foreign-language programming. Take a look and you will find that In addition to news, sports and lifestyles (which are important and interesting to watch), many also broadcast popular game shows.
It’s a lot of fun to watch a game show in your new language and try to guess the answers before the contestants. You’ll probably also learn a lot about the country’s culture and history.
If you can get a group together, there are lots of fun things you can do to learn a language
Parlor games are good examples.
You’ll have a lot of fun playing Charades, Truth or Dare, Who Am I, or doing a murder mystery in your new language. Your friends can correct, make suggestions and even good-naturedly heckle in the other language as you go along.
Include language in your daily life
It can also be fun to describe your activities to yourself as you go through the day. This makes you think, doesn’t require much extra time, and builds confidence in your second language. Some people carry a small voice recorder and listen to their comments later.
Again, these do not replace formal learning, but can help you learn faster and are a pleasant diversion to help reach your language learning goals.