There are lots of tips out there to help you learn your new language. Most of the tips are quite useful but some are not. Everyone is different, so what works for me may not work for you.
Try to set aside some time every day to practise or learn something new. For me, the best time is in the morning but choose what works for you.
Listen to radio, TV., podcasts or videos. The more variety of sounds (accents) you hear the easier it will be in the real world.
When reading, read out loud. This will help you with your speaking skills and help you to gain confidence when speaking with other people. It doesn’t matter if you make a mistake or you don’t understand a word, that will change in time.
When learning English there are lots of reading resources out there, when learning other languages, not so much. Youtube has many songs with lyrics so that you can hear the words while reading. Lryicstraining also has videos where you fill in the missing word. You can choose your level and also choose the choice mode, where you are given a choice of words, or write mode, where you guess the correct word. Many websites have a choice of language, so next time you need to look up a website see if it also has the language you are learning. Online newspapers are a very good source as the grammar used should be correct. You can also choose the stories that are of interest to you.
When it comes to learning a language most people don’t think about writing. Sometimes this is because they just haven’t thought about it, but often it is because they just don’t want to.
Writing helps you to get used to putting words into the correct order before you start speaking. If you are used to writing a sentence then it will be easier when it comes to speaking that same sentence.
This is probably the most difficult to do. It’s not always easy to find someone to practice your speaking skills with. There are many websites for language exchange such as Italki or Conversation Exchange. Another way to practise is, as I have already said above, read out loud or sing along with a music video. For the more adventurous of you there is Sound Cloud or Vocaroo where you can record yourself speaking. If you want to get really adventurous you can make a video of something and add a commentary to it.
Now you have read my 5 tips for learning a new language you can see if they work for you. Maybe something else will work better for you. I would love to hear what works best for you.