6 Tips to Create an Immersive Language Learning Environment
Learning a new language can be as fun as it can be frustrating. More the reason why it’s so important to make the process as immersive, natural, and intuitive as possible so that you can keep it fun and enjoyable while getting amazing results as you progress through your language learning journey. Of course, one of the best ways to go about learning any language is to actually visit the country where your target language is spoken. Not only does this increase your exposure to the language, but it also forces you to get out of your comfort zone. It’s the perfect way for you to get in some much needed conversation practice by socializing with the locals.
While this is all well and good, not everyone has the means to travel or live abroad just to immerse themselves in the ideal language learning environment. There are a number of factors that could possibly be holding you back such as your job, family, pets, and other obligations. So does that mean it’s impossible for you to immerse yourself in your target language the way you want to? Most certainly not! It’s very much possible and even quite optimal to learn from home by making your home an immersive language learning environment. So how exactly do you go about making your home the perfect language learning environment? There are multiple methods you can use in order to make this into a reality. Below, you’ll find a number of different methods you can implement to start immersing yourself in your target language right away!
1. Think and speak in your target language
It’s crucial to adapt your day to day life to learning a new language. Just about everything you do or say throughout the day can actually be applied to your target language. Think about how to say something that you’re doing or saying throughout the day in your target language and you’ll find your fluency improve at an incredible rate in a rather short period of time. It all comes down to how much you’re using your target language and how much of your mind it’s occupying on a momentary basis.
Say you’re busy cooking up your dinner. How would you say words like “eat”, “dinner”, or “cook” in your target language? Moving on from basic vocabulary words, you can begin to form sentences such as “it’s time to eat dinner” or “I am cooking dinner”. If you apply this to everything that you do, you’ll be maximizing your exposure to your target language so much that the effect will be strikingly similar to immersing yourself in a foreign language speaking environment.
2. Create a wall of words and sentences
In order to turn your home into an immersive language learning environment, you should have something that always serves as a constant reminder to keep using your target language. A great way to do that is by designating a wall where you can put up sticky notes filled with words, phrases, and sentences that you're working on learning. You might be busy or stressed out, causing you to forget to do your daily language training. By setting up a wall of words and sentences in your target language, you'll be able to immediately get yourself in the right mindset to get your practice done.
It's also a fun and engaging way to keep yourself up to speed with any words or sentences that you haven't quite mastered. Once you've mastered a word, yank it off the wall and replace it with a new one! This is a great way to learn new words and familiarize yourself with new sentences every single day.
3. Take advantage of technology and the Internet
Instead of watching a movie or catching up on your favorite TV show in your native language, try watching it in your target language instead! This generally works better when you have a somewhat decent grasp of the basics of the language. That way, you don't get completely lost and are able to at least follow along with the dialogue. At the earlier stages, if you're not quite able to keep up just by listening, feel free to use English subtitles so you can get a better idea of your target language's syntax, vocabulary, and pronunciation before graduating from subtitles completely!
One of the greatest advantages about technology for language learning is the multitude of languages that are available to a wide range of electronics, mobile devices, computers, and websites. You may want to consider changing your computer's or phone's language settings as well. You can also change the language settings on your Internet browser and social media accounts. If you're on Facebook, you can even either join language learning/exchange groups or groups where people communicate using your target language.
4. Learn at least one new word everyday
Building on the previous point about trying to apply your target language to your daily life as much as possible, it is inevitable that you are going to come across words that you don’t know how to say. Say you are taking a shower and don’t know how to say the word “shower”. Make a mental note and when you get the chance, look it up and learn what you don’t already know. This is the same concept as traveling in a foreign country and coming across something that you don’t know how to say. The usual response would be to ask a local how to say that word in their native language. Then you can go on to incorporate that into your vocabulary.
When using Glossika, you’ll also come across many new vocabulary words delivered to you in the form of sentences. By studying these words and sentences, not only will you be able to vastly increase your vocabulary, you will also know how to use those words in certain contexts.
There are sites that give you a word of the day in any language. Alternatively, you can take your dictionary and open it randomly to learn a new word. It’s a fun activity that you can perform, and usually, it will work very well, so make sure that you adapt this the best way you can, which is downright amazing and exciting for sure.
5. Find a companion to practice with
Obviously, the ideal scenario would be to find someone who actually speaks your target language at the native level. If you can't find someone to practice with in person, you can always find language exchange partners online who may be looking to learn how to speak your native language so it works out perfectly!
If you really can't find a native speaker or a fellow learner to practice your target language with you, don't let that stop you from using it in your day to day activities or even your conversations! Feel free to practice with family members, friends, or your partner. Even they're not learning the language with you, it helps to say the words aloud and apply it to real life situations.
If you have any pets at home, you can even practice with your dog, cat, or whatever pet you have! While they most likely won't be able to understand anything, you will be able to get in some much needed practice and more importantly, use your target language throughout the day as much as possible.
6. Read some children's books
Listening to bedtime stories before calling it a night is something that most children have experienced at some point during their childhood. A lot of these children's stories are actually a great place to start when learning a new language! Just because they were designed for children, doesn't mean you can't put them to good use. Remember, everyone has to start somewhere. So using children's books is actually a great way to strengthen your own foundations in reading and comprehension while making steady improvement and working up to higher levels of fluency.
Glossika's Immersive Language Learning Method
As you can see, creating an immersive learning environment is not as hard as you may imagine. It just require a little bit of experimentation so you can determine what works for you and how everything fits into your daily schedule. By creating an immersive language learning environment from home, you are essentially giving yourself the means to maximize exposure to your target language at any given moment and really make the most of your language learning. By using Glossika as your primary language training resource, you will be able to mimic the way a child learns a language while getting optimal results by immersing yourself into your target language on a daily basis.
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