You have dreamed of learning a new language but you didn’t know how you could succeed learning one in adulthood. I am here to tell you that it is possible, but that it will be hard work. These are the top ways you can do it!

First you must learn the basics of the language. Learn the grammar and the vocabulary. These are the fundamentals of all languages. They are the building blocks of your knowledge of the language. Learning the basics will allow you to form sentences so you can communicate. You could either take a class at your local college or self-study. If you are prone to being lazy, taking a class will force you to learn. If you are more motivated, self-studying would be faster. However, classes provide you with a chance to speak the language with others.

Next, you must practice, practice, practice. Take what you learn and master it. Learning languages takes time and dedication. You really need to be at ease with a language in order to speak it well and that only comes with the experience you have with it. Don’t be discouraged if you feel that you should be learning faster. We all learn at our own pace. Try to dedicate time to each day for studying. Don’t tell yourself you’ll study for an hour each day if you know you really are not going to. Put aside ten minutes each day instead. Besides being less daunting, this is quite doable.

Lastly, immerse yourself into the language. This is by far the best way to learn a foreign language. Immersion forces you to think in the language, and not translate to your native tongue. This is how we all began learning language. There was no explanation; it just was. But immersion is quite difficult to do, especially in our globalized society where English is spoken by many people. A good idea for immersion is to place yourself where the language you want to learn is spoken. Remove yourself from your English distractions while abroad. You should spend as much time as you can there, but don’t be discouraged if you can’t spend months. Every little bit helps.

Learning a new language doesn’t seem so hard now, right? Follow these steps, enjoy your learning journey, and embrace the new world of culture that opens up before you.