One of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to language learning would be: how to become fluent? My students have asked countless times, and I murmured this question myself too whenever I started learning a new language. The truth is, there is no expressway when it comes to language learning, but it’s NOT impossible to become fluent in speaking in a short period of time.
Here are a few takeaways from my journey of continuous language learning of how to become fluent in target languages:
1. Don’t stop talking
The most important thing to ALWAYS remember is to keep speaking it if you want to become fluent in your target language. Don’t be afraid and grab every chance to use the language. Yes, even when you only have limited knowledge of the language. And yes, being talkative is an advantage in this case. You will at least have built up your confidence as you get used to speaking the language, even if it is not perfect (nothing in this world is!).
“Benny — a polyglot from Fluentin3months believes the best approach to language learning is to speak from day one.”
2. Don’t fear mistakes
The best way to learn is to learn from mistakes. And the biggest mistake of most language learners is to be afraid of making mistakes. No one is going to judge you for making language mistakes unless you are taking an exam. Oftentimes, native speakers are more excited about the effort that you are trying than your mistakes. They are usually more than happy to help or to give corrections if you don’t mind them to.
3. Observe how native speakers talk
Not to be a creep but to learn how they use the language. Not only will you learn the pronunciation, but also the intonation, and words/ phrases that are commonly used in spoken language. Bear in mind that spoken language is normally different from written language.
4. TV programmes and movies
Watching TV programmes and movies is another good way to learn the spoken language. Who’s the cast of a Japanese movie? Japanese— native speakers. What do they do most in the movie? Talk, they talk. So there you go, a plausible explanation to support this approach.
5. Keep calm and learn from songs
I decided to include this one as I’ve had fellow language learner friends claiming that it’s an effective way to learn too. In case of learning Korean, some say K-pop helps them learn vocabulary. I’m not a fan of K-pop personally, but if you are, why not give it a go? Or choose the type of music you like and start learning.
Many people nowadays are multilingual and are fluent in the many languages they speak. You can be one of them too! What’s your secret of becoming fluent in your target language? Share with us.
– by Jo-Shan Lee