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How to Learn a New Language Fast: Top 7 Tips

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How to Learn a New Language Fast: Our Top 7 Tips

There are no quick fixes for learning a language, however, we have put together our top 7 tips to learn a new language fast, to accelerate your language learning and to get the best results in the shortest period of time. There are small changes you can make and habits that you can adopt which will result in learning a new language fast.

 

1. Speak from Day One

No matter how strange the pronunciation feels or how worried you are about getting the words wrong – open your mouth and speak. This is the best and quickest way to progress your language learning. Making mistakes is a normal and necessary part of learning a new language, so the sooner you become comfortable with this the sooner you will improve. Cactus offers group online language courses of one week, 5-weeks, and 10 -weeks, and in all our classes you will start speaking the language from the very first lesson.

2. Study a Little Every Day

It’s much more beneficial to spend 10 – 15 minutes everyday working on your vocabulary, grammar and reading and listening skills, than a 2 hour slot, once a week. Little and often will reinforce the new words and structures in your mind and keep you motivated. Free apps like Duolingo give you the chance to revise and recycle what you are learning in a fun way.

3. Use Free Online Resources

There are so many free language learning resources online that ignoring them would just be foolish! We have put together a list of some of the best free online resources for each language, take a look and incorporate these into your 10 – 15 minute daily session.

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4. Read, Write and Listen in the Language

Whatever you do in your native language, try to do it in the language you are learning. This will guarantee your interest and increase your motivation. For example – if you’re watching a movie or series on Netflix, put it in the language you are learning with English (or your native language) subtitles. And if you’re more advanced, without the subtitles. If you like to read articles about celebrities, find some online in the language you are learning. You can also follow companies, people and influencers that communicate in the language you are learning on social media. Anything that you do in your daily life, keep doing it, but do it in the language you are learning.

5. Utilise Your Course Book

Your course book is an excellent resource and reference book for your current level. Course books include grammar explanations, pronunciation analysis, example structures and vocab lists. You can use all of these to bring focus to what you are studying, and also provide explanations for when you get confused.

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6. Join Tandem

Tandem is a free app that helps you find native speakers who want to learn your language in exchange. You just log in, find someone who speaks the language you are learning and invite them for a free chat.

7. Track Your Progress

Revising for an end of unit test (in the course book) serves as a good way to take stock of what you have learnt and to recognise how far you have come. It’s really important to go back over what you have done on a regular basis, fill in your knowledge gaps and also highlight how much more you can do in the language now compared to a week ago, or a month ago.

 

Cactus offers online language courses for over 20 languages, so you can learn from the comfort of your home or desk. You can choose a course that meets your needs and we hope that our tips to learn a new language fast can set you on the right track.

ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES

 

If you are looking to learn a new language fast, you can also choose to take an immersive language course abroad or private language classes, wherever you are and whenever you choose.

 

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Further Information to Learn a New Language Fast

For more information to learn a new language fast or on any of our courses, please call us on 01273 830 960 or contact us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

 

Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Online language courses: over 20 languages
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world

What Happens in a Cactus Chinese Mandarin Class?

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What Happens in a Chinese Mandarin Class with Cactus?

Whether you’re learning Chinese, French or Arabic, starting to learn a language is a roller-coaster adventure. Before you start, and before you book your course (with Cactus), it’s always good to know a little bit more about what to expect and what you will experience. For some people their only memory of learning a language is that of memorising lists of words and verb tables. The language courses at Cactus are nothing like that and focus on speaking, communication, real-life use, and fun! To give you a bit more of an insight into our classes we are going to take you inside the classroom of our Chinese Mandarin Beginner 1 Group in Liverpool, taught by the wonderful Rina.

Speak Chinese from the First Lesson

From the very first lesson in week 1 the students in Rina’s Chinese Mandarin class start speaking Chinese! The course is 10 weeks long, 2 hours per week, and although Chinese Mandarin is one of the more difficult languages for speakers of European languages to learn, Rina creates a relaxed atmosphere in which the students feel comfortable from the first day. This video shows some of the students in their first class, speaking Chinese Mandarin from the very first lesson.

Learning to Write Chinese Characters

The Chinese writing system looks much harder to learn than an alphabetic writing system but Rina makes it easy with her creative and fun ways of practising the Hanzi characters. An important part of learning and understanding the Chinese Mandarin language, Rina includes a range of activities that help students familiarise themselves with the techniques needed to produce the Hanzi symbols. Writing in a new language doesn’t have to be boring!

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When in China….

In China is obligatory to bargain whenever you buy anything in a market or from a street stall. The art of bargaining is an important skill to develop in Chinese so Rina sets up an activity in her class where students need to ‘buy’ various items from one another. From handbags to watches the students try to negotiate a lower price in order to purchase these items. This replicates the real life situations they may find themselves in when visiting China!

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Our Chinese Mandarin Class Teacher Rina

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Rina is fluent in Mandarin (mother tongue) and English, and has been a teacher of both Mandarin and English for many years. She has taught Mandarin for a range of individuals from business professionals to school children. She also taught English in Inner Mongolia Normal University. Rina is a Qualified TESOL teacher, a qualified DPSI interpreter and DPSI tutor. Rina is an extremely popular teacher and always makes her lesson engaging, lively and interesting. You can find out more about her classes through her twitter account.

Contact Us

To find out more about learning another language, or information on any of our courses simply call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

How Long Does it Take to Learn a Language?

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How Long Does it Take to Learn a Language with Cactus?

Research shows that it takes anywhere between 480 hours and 2200 hours of language study and practice to reach an advanced level in a foreign language. The majority of people are not able to learn a language ‘full-time’ so if you dedicated 3 hours per week to language study this would equate to anywhere between 3 years and 14 years of language learning!

There are a huge number of variables that determine how quickly you can learn a language, such as; your native tongue, which language you are learning, if you already speak more than one language, if you are surrounded by the language you are learning, the methods you use to learn the language, and so forth.

It’s also important to define the level of proficiency when we consider the length of time it takes to learn a language. Some people will feel they ‘know’ a language, or are able to communicate adequately with a B1 level (on the Common European Framework) of the language. Others may feel that they have not ‘learnt a language’ until they have reached C2 level (on the Common European Framework) and demand native-level ability of themselves before they consider themselves fluent. Therefore the amount of time it takes to learn a language can often be relative to the level you wish to achieve.

The Typical Language Learning Journey of a Cactus Student

Cactus students often take an evening language course whilst working full-time. This usually means the time they have available to dedicate to language learning is limited. In addition, they are not learning in the country where the language is spoken (as a native language). A typical student will start with us in the Beginner 1 class (A1 on the CEFR) which is 20 hours of face-to-face time with a native speaking or bilingual teacher, and 10 hours of self-study time at home, with homework or practice on language apps. These 30 hours of language study time are spread over a 10 week period. It takes the same amount of time to cover Beginner 2 and Beginner 3. Levels Beginner 1, 2 and 3 will take 9 months in total to complete.

Once all three Beginner levels have been completed the student will be ready to move onto Elementary 1 (A2) level. On average it will take 18 months (6 courses of 10 weeks each) to reach B1 level, which is an intermediate level where the student can converse comfortably on most everyday topics with a native speaker.

How Much Language Can be Learnt in 6 Months?

Travel and Language Author and Blogger, The Intrepid Guide, has been studying Norwegian with Cactus Language for the last 6 months. She started her first evening language course in October 2018 with the Beginner 1 Norwegian course. She then went onto Beginner 2 Norwegian in January and is coming to the end of her second 10 week evening language course with Cactus.

During this time she visited Norway in December and again in March 2019. In this video she explains her language learning experience and gives an insight into how much language you can learn in 6 months.

 

Michele is a multilingual author and the founder of The Intrepid Guide, a hub for travellers and language learners with over 100,000 monthly readers. Follow Cactus Language and The Intrepid Guide on Instagram.

Contact Us

To find out more about learning another language, or information on any of our courses simply call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

Cactus Online Platform for Evening Language Students!

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The New Cactus Online Platform

From April 2019 all Cactus Language evening course students will be able to access and use MyCactus – our online platform. As a Cactus student you can access this platform to review your course information and message your teacher, among other things! We have created this communication tool to bring all the information you need about your Cactus course together in one place.

How Does the Platform Help Me?

Log in and you will be able to:

• Check and update your personal details
• Review your active orders
• View your course information, schedule, material and homework for all your lessons
• Use your personal inbox to send messages to your teacher and the Cactus Team

In MyCactus you can also find useful links to our website, social media and booking page. You have all the information you need for your evening language course with Cactus, all in the same place.

How do I Access to the Platform?

After you book your course you will receive your course confirmation one week before the start of the course. In this email you will receive a link to set your password. Once you have created your password you will be able to log into the platform. You username and password will remain the same for any future courses you book.

What if I Have a Problem Accessing the Platform?

If you forget your password you can reset this by clicking on ‘Forgot your password?’ on the log in page. If you have any other issues with accessing or using the platform please email us and we will resolve your problem.

Contact Us

To find out more about learning another language, or information on any of our courses simply call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

How to learn a language with a full-time job by The Intrepid Guide

 

Travel and Language Learning with The Intrepid Guide

Learning a language with a full-time job can be challenging, but travel and language blogger and author, The Intrepid Guide, gives us her top 10 professional tips on how this can be achieved. You can also read her blog post How to Learn a Language with a Full-Time Job.

Michele is a multilingual author and the founder of The Intrepid Guide, a hub for travellers and language learners with over 100,000 monthly readers. Follow Cactus Language and The Intrepid Guide on Instagram. The Intrepid Guide also offers her insight into the Cactus Evening Language Courses with 7 Things You Should Know Before Your First Language Class.

Contact Us

To find out more about learning another language, or information on any of our courses simply call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Banner FLUK Level Test

Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

 

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