How To Teach Yourself A New Language At Home

How To Teach Yourself A New Language at Home?

Today knowing at least one foreign language is a common thing even for an average citizen. Moreover, knowledge of foreign languages allows you to have better career opportunities, study in foreign universities, and read works of literature in the original version. At the same time, learning a foreign language as an adult person isn’t easy. Of course, you can learn a foreign language with a tutor or sign up for a language course, but participation in a language course can be problematic due to lack of free time. The good news is you can learn a foreign language at home.

Set Language Goals

Before you start learning, you should define your language goal/goals. If you need the language to be able to communicate with other people while traveling, then an elementary set of knowledge will be enough. Speaking a foreign language at an advanced level requires not only learning the language basics but also skills in business correspondence.


If you want to get a conversational level of a language (and this is sometimes easier than learning to write and read in the same language), then you have to take it seriously. Set yourself a certain number of hours a week in which you will practice the language (for example, 3 times a week or 10 days a month). Regular language lessons will allow you to memorize new words and rules without forgetting old ones. If you practice on an ad hoc basis, you will quickly give up, because the results will be few, and therefore the motivation will quickly disappear. Finding time for home lessons is much easier because you do not need to spend extra hours on the road, as in the case of courses or individual lessons.

Expand Your Vocabulary

Buy a dictionary. It will be necessary both for beginners and for those whose level of knowledge is already significantly higher. How to work with a dictionary? Every time you see or hear a new word, look it up in the dictionary, write it down in your notebook, and repeat it several times a day. To expand your vocabulary, you can also use electronic online helpers. With their help, you can not only see the translation and transcription of words but also hear their sound and see examples of their use in various spheres.

Watch Movies In Foreign Language

To make learning not only useful but also enjoyable, it is worth supplementing it with recreational materials. Search the Internet for your favorite movie in the language you learn.  It’s probably hard to find a person who, at least occasionally, doesn’t watch movies. As much as possible watch the movie in your native language with subtitles in the language you learn. Then you will memorize the correct pronunciation of words and phrases. Don’t worry, in time, you will not need subtitles, there are many cases when people learned the language solely due to these views. Or you can enjoy betting at online betting Nigeria and at the same time study new words. Afterward, try to summarize the essence of what you have seen or read in a short essay or oral retelling.

Listen To Music With Foreign Lyrics

Do you like foreign music? So be more attentive, listen to the song, and try to understand what it is about. If you can’t, find the words, write out the expressions you don’t understand, translate them with the help of a dictionary, and memorize them. In songs, you can learn the spoken language, and stable expressions that are used by native speakers in real life.

Set Yourself Smaller Language Goals

Set yourself not only a main language goal but smaller language goals. Why bit to learn 100 words each day (as many as you like, you can learn more) new words per week, write out each new portion in a notebook, and study it all week? And remember: you can learn the language only by repetition and rote learning, think of certain associations to words, this method is also very effective.

Is Learning A New Language at Home Hard?

Surely, many people will immediately begin to doubt the reality of learning a foreign language at home. How to do it yourself? In any business, you need to have a certain set of qualities to make it a success, and learning a foreign language also has its principles. The traditional “no aptitude for languages” means nothing if a person has set a goal and confidently goes towards it. Are you aware that only 10% of the world’s population has a real aptitude and predisposition for languages?

To learn at home, of course, you need to be able to control and check yourself, only by consolidating and drawing conclusions after learning, you can advance in your knowledge of a foreign language. If someone tells you that you can not get all the necessary knowledge on your own, do not believe it. With effort, everything is possible. The main thing is motivation and a systematic approach, then very soon you can easily understand even a native speaker.


  • Dr. Godwin Pius

    Godwin Ekpo is an experienced Educationist and Learning Experience Designer with a proven track record of developing and implementing effective learning solutions for all kinds of organizations.

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