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How to Successfully Learn a New Language

teacher avatar Nadia Wilde, Educator & Entrepreneur

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6 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Motivation: Finding Your Why

    • 3. Common Roadblocks

    • 4. Learning Tips

    • 5. Making an Action Plan

    • 6. Final Words of Encouragement

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About This Class


Hello and Welcome to my first Skillshare course!

My name is Nadia, and I am an English Language tutor living in beautiful New Zealand.

If you are considering taking this class, chances are that you are learning a foreign language for one reason or another. You might need it for your studies, work, travel, or for connecting with people in your community.  

In addition, being able to communicate in another language expands our horizons, provides more opportunities, and even increases our chances of getting a higher pay!

If you are looking for effective tips and tools that will assist you in your language learning and provide fast results, I can’t wait to share with you what I discovered while teaching foreign languages to students from all over the world.

I have been teaching English and Spanish for over a decade now. My wealth of experience in tutoring and program writing helped me to develop a unique angle of looking at language learning. 

I use several productivity, goal setting and self-evaluation tools to help you take control of your study process, become successful in learning new languages while having fun along the way. 

This course covers a few topics including vocabulary expansion, listening and reading, but most importantly, it will tap into your WHY and help you come up with an actionable plan to make the learning process both effective and enjoyable!


  1. Class Introduction
  2. Motivation: Finding Your Why
  3. Common Roadblocks
  4. Effective Learning Tips
  5. Devising an Action Plan
  6. Final Words of Encouragement 

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Nadia Wilde

Educator & Entrepreneur


Hello and welcome!

I'm Nadia Wilde, an English Language Instructor, career coach and entrepreneur living in beautiful New Zealand.

I am passionate about making the learning process fun and enjoyable for my students, and I believe that absolutely anyone can learn to communicate effectively in a foreign language. I have a wide range of experience from teaching grammar and conversation to elementary to advanced level students privately to conducting Academic Writing lectures at the University of Auckland.

Apart from teaching English, I conduct workshops on personal branding, job search and career advancement for those on the crossroads, wanting to pivot or ready to explore new opportunities within their own or different field.

I also help small businesses a... See full profile

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1. Class Introduction: hello and welcome to how to successfully learn the new language. I am so glad that you are watching this glass, and I'm very excited for next several sessions and hope you enjoy them. Welcome to our intra session. And let me quickly tell you what you need to know to join this class. First, I would love to introduce myself. My name is Nadia, and I'm a foreign language instructor, leaving and beautiful New Zealand. I have a master's degree with honors and linguistics and translation, and that I have been teaching English and Spanish for over a decade now. My world of experience and tutoring program writing helped me to develop unique angle of looking at language learning. Now, if you're watching these, chances are that you are learning a foreign language for one reason or another. You might need it for your studies, work, travel or for connecting with people in your community. In addition, being able to communicate in another language expands our horizons, provides more opportunities and even increases our chances of getting a higher paid job, not to mention how beneficial it is for our cognitive abilities and memory. In this particular class, we're covering a few important topics. First and foremost, we're discussing your motivation. There is nothing more important than understanding our intentions and getting clear on our why it will keep you going. When you get tired or distracted, it will keep you focused on your task. Seconds will talk about various roadblocks that we encounter during the learning process. It's important to understand the reasons behind our slow progress or complete lack there off, so we'll touch upon. And briefly, the next one is my favorite module. If you're looking for a few effective tips and tools, I will assist you in your language. Learning Provide fast results. I can't wait to share with you what I discovered while teaching foreign languages to students from all over the world, then will come up with an action plan, identify the direction you're going in and set up some clear goals, and lastly will discuss how we can look at our process and track our progress. It's important to celebrate our winds and to acknowledge our own hard work. I also have through surprise gifts for you. A. She threw value to current state of events that plan there that you can use when the weekly basis and a habit tracker that it can use to one insure your results can't wait to see you in their next sessions. 2. Motivation: Finding Your Why: welcome to the second lesson on how to successfully learn the new language. There is something I want to tell you hear my job and my business exists because I believe in empowering people. I don't want to just teach English or Spanish, and my students did not just want to learn a foreign language. Usually when we choose to learn the language and give our time and effort to something we're after some big changes in our lives. We have big goals to leave a dead and drop to be able to find a new job, to serve other people, to build a dream career, to communicate with our Children or grandchildren, or to become part of the community in our new town or country. And for this reason, merely teaching grammar or doing writing exercises are not enough. What we need is a clear purpose, a good and solid answer to the question why we're doing this. That is why, before we start talking about effective learning tips, there are a few questions I want you to think about. Here they are. Why do you want to study English? What is your big goal behind this goal? How Will it benefit your life? What opportunities will it give? What will become better or easier? Make you? Why strong? It has to feel like an urgent need. Only then you'll feel inspired to take action and do it regularly. Revisit you. Why often allow it to help you? It will keep you going when you feel tired there, motivated or stuck after reading through the questions and reflecting on them, you can do these three things. Write down the answers in your journal, share them with a close friend or share them with me in the commune to section off this Kloss. Writing your answers down will help you focus on learning the language better. Sharing them with a friend will keep you accountable. Make sure it's a friend who cares about you and we'll ask you about your progress later. And telling me about your answers helps me to give you the best lessons because I understand better with kind of information you might need. And now that you're hopefully much clear on your goals, go ahead, make your world bigger. I want you to be confident feeling control toe. Leave the life of your dreams in our third session. We're going to help you to do that and smash all obstacles to effective learning. I'll see them there. 3. Common Roadblocks: hi and welcome to the third lesson on how to successfully learn the new language. Here we're discussing common obstacles people face while studying another language. You know, part of my teaching practice has always been consul ing nurturing and empowering my students, paving the path from being stock to becoming successful, being just in language learning or in their other goals that lie behind it, helping my students to break the blocks and smashing the obstacles on the way. The success has always been a significant part of the process. Overcoming certain things gives a sense of achievement because if something is easy, it can quickly become boring, right? So in this class, I wanted to talk about a couple of blocks that you might be encountering and also give a few tips on how to overcome them. Here is the first obstacle you might be facing. You don't know what kind of learned there you are and are using the wrong learning method to study the language. It is very important to identify your strengths and struggles, and this doesn't concern only language studies but could be useful in other areas of your life as well, especially professional development, you need to find out you're learning type and choose the appropriate classes. Learning material in practice. You might have already heard off the seven learning styles, but if not, I'm going to quickly cover them for you. The 1st 1 is Odil, also called Orel. You study best by listening to the material learning songs or taking part in conversations . Then there is verbal repeating out loud. Talking and writing are the best ways for you to memorize and process information. Probably the most common is visual. Using pictures, drawing charts, tables and, of course, reading. Physical type learns by touching objects, moving around, playing games, creating things. The logical type organizes information into categories and systems. These people ask a lot of questions to get how things work. To understand the whole picture. A solitary type prefers working alone. They do a lot of self study, their usually very organized and focused. They reflect a lot, and lastly, a social type of learning happens through interacting with others participating in group activities. And these people usually enjoy the classroom atmosphere. There you have it, the seven types of learning. Why do you think is your type by the wait. There is one fact that's important to mention here. It doesn't mean that, for instance, being a visual learner, you should always use pictures or symbols or collar codes in your learning. It might actually mean that you should try a completely different learning style to develop other skills that might be lying dormant. Try experimenting with other learning techniques. Bring more awareness to you're learning. And who knows? You might discover some hidden talents. Or bring some balance, your learning process or some challenge instead. Now let's move on to the next common obstacle that students often face. And here it is. The language is not included into your everyday life. You only remember that you are studying the language when you actually go to Kloss, but otherwise it's not part of your everyday activities. However, to speed up your progress, try to great the situation where you immerse yourself in the language. There are a few basic tips. Read books, listen the songs or podcasts, or watch the news or networks in that language. Another great option is to take your notes right in your daily planner or describe your day in your journal in this new language. Just a few phrases every day. But it will help a lot, I promise. And here is my favorite tip. If, for example, you're learning French, change your mobile phone computer, Facebook and email to French. And even though you might stumble for a couple of days very quickly, you'll memorize that tongue of useful words and phrases such as the terms and commands that you often use on your phone or in different APS. Tried for a couple of days and see what happens. Obstacle number three is this. You are not including your interests and hobbies into your learning to become more excited with a new language, you might need better motivation than textbook exercises and text that can be boring or irrelevant. Instead, try focusing on finding information related to your hobbies or interests books, magazines, blog's podcasts or Ted talks and YouTube tutorials that you can watch with subtitles and even slow them down. If you like Harry Border or game of Thrones, look for online games where it can change the language of instruction toe the one you learning. The point is to get motivated by this material to keep learning, and here is the final roadblock that is important to mention. If you are not succeeding in learning a new language, it might be because you do not have a plan or schedule. So learning has no place in your life, especially if you're not enrolled in the class. We don't have a private tutor. A quick solution to try here is to allocate 15 to 30 minutes to study every day. For instance, during your lunch break and included into your weekly planner. Try to follow it for a least two weeks and see what happens. We'll also talk more about devising a personalized action plan in our fifth lesson, so is thing to and up. Next is a lesson with a few more learning tips, I'll see you there. 4. Learning Tips: welcome back, even though already started sharing some quick tips in the previous lesson and this one, I want to give you a few more A. Group them into several categories to make it easier for you. The first thing to start with while learning any new language is, of course, vocabulary. Did you know that on average, a person needs to see a new word from 6 to 8 times to memorize it? Expanding your vocabulary is also the easiest thing to start with because there is a wide variety off waste to learn vocabulary number one. Use flash cards. You can use paper cards and carry them around in your bag, taking them out while you're on the boss or on the subway and browse through. Alternatively, use an app where you can save new words and then return to them to review or try creating phrases with them. Next, change your approach to learning vocabulary, memories, phrases, not words. Focus and phrases means that you will be able to speak more naturally, and if you learn in medium or two, it will be much easier for you to understand native speakers and TV shows. Also, there is no way of getting around grammar. You must learn it alongside you. Vocabulary and memorizing phrases helps with that a lot. Number three Use monolingual dictionaries. It could feel more time consuming compared to using Google translate, but a bilingual dictionary can't always give you an exact meaning of a word. That is why a comprehensive, more than monolingual dictionary is a must have. If you want to advance your linguistic abilities, it provides it with up to date examples of using words in context and helps you understand the subtle distinctions of meaning. Many of my English students particularly Love Miriam Webster Dictionary or Long German Dictionary of Contemporary English. If you prefer a book, you could try using Ah lexie co dot com that has English and Spanish versions. For instance, there are also options for learners of German and French. Lastly, Ballon loader, useful app such as dual Lingle, which has a free version. This is obviously not an advertisement. This is something I use myself for learning French and brushing up on my Spanish. In this up, you get to learn the words and sentences do bit of grammar, and all of it can be done on the goal in only a few minutes every day. There are also plenty off websites useful for language learning, where confined courses programs, videos to watch, such as I languages Yeah, blah fluent you. And if you were studying the language on your old, you might want to consider a program that will give you some structure to follow. Working in your vocabulary will also have a tremendous positive effect on your reading and writing. Once you have begun consistently working on your vocabulary, it's time to include some other things into your language. Learning, for example, to kick start to reading, you can get an abridged version of a book you love. You can even check Wikipedia prior the reading and check the plot so you can follow the story once you choose a bookie reading regularly wanted three pages a day. Don't stop there. Look for other reading material. Magazine articles, block posts, product reviews. Working with different John owners will improve your vocabulary, grammar and writing as well. To improve your writing, I'll give him my favorite advice. It's there the journal or write a serious of letters. Do yourself to pen pal, even doing imaginary friend. So you're writing a diary or letters to a friend who lives far away. You want them to be aware of every detail of your life, what's happening, what you're feeling, what the weather is like. But the people you meet everyday look like what they do and how to make you feel here you're using present. Tense is then you can tell some stories about your past and practice past tenses. Then you can talk about your future plans about your dreams and practice, conditional sentences or subjunctive mode. If and I wish structures. And now let's talk about one of the hardest parts of language learning, and that is listening. Let me emphasize here that even though I put it lost, it's important to start with it as soon as possible to familiarize yourself with the sounds and intimations of a new language. The best way to start is to learn the song, check out some singers or bands that perform in the language that you're learning and find a couple in the genre that you like. Or maybe you have a song that you keep humming but don't know the lyrics yet, Or maybe, you know, the refrains. But do you know the verses of those songs Google the lyrics? Read them to yourself, slowly checking all the words you don't understand in the dictionary, then blame the song again, seeing along and, most importantly, have fun. Bo knows this will help your pronunciation as well. You can choose a new song, Tiller in every week or fortnight. Next, find a TV show that already has several seasons. Many people recommend watching films, but the problem with films is that you do not always have enough time to adjust to the characters manner of speaking. The good thing about TV serious is that they mostly showed the same people, so you can get used to their accents, base of speech and even certain expressions. If you do not have access to native speakers, this is a pretty good option to get an idea of contemporary language provided, of course, that you haven't chosen a period drama. Also use the subtitles if you need to, especially if you're just starting and then not be afraid. The press pause and checking and familiar word in the dictionary. Then try reducing the number of episodes. E Watch with subtitles. to slowly get yourself off the hook. The next step is to look for a native speakers to practice both. You're listening and speaking skills. Look for me tops in your town, where you can meet international students or expats you can practice with. There is no one better to tell you that those phrases from your textbook could only have been used by their grandmother. This is the best opportunity to stay up to date with the language and challenge yourself on the regular basis, and there you have it. Some of my best tips and practices on learning a foreign language in their next session will do some practical work and create a study plan that you can stick toe and physics has fallen in learning. I'll see you soon. 5. Making an Action Plan : and now we made it to the most exciting part of this class, devising your own action plan of learning a new language to ensure they were successful. We need to follow these three principles. Get a clear picture off where you are right now, devalued your strengths and weaknesses and define your goal. Next, based on your goal. Create an action plan and include the steps into your schedule. This is crucial because when we don't schedule something, it won't happen to ensure that it happens. Use a tracker to monitor your progress. To help you with these steps, I designed three simple principles that you can grab in the projects, and resource is section of this class. It is an evaluation sheet, a planner and a learning tracker for 12 months. The first step is essentially a brainstorming exercise. I want you to write down your goal, for instance, to improve your Italian for a summer trip to Rome with your girlfriend. Let's say you have six months to achieve that goal. What is your motivation? Why exactly do you want to be able to speak Italian on your trip? Maybe to impress your girlfriend's Italian parents that you will meet for the first time, Think back to our second class would be discussed, motivation. And remember that you're why should be clear and inspiring. There has to be some emotion attached to it, something that stores you that won't let you give up. The third question is about your strengths. What do you feel confident about? You already know about 1000 Italian words. It is easy for you to read simple texts or even write short notes. Remember what kind of learned there you are and mentioned that here, too. The fourth question is about the areas that need improvement. Do we need to brush up on your grammar? Do you need to practice listening and speaking some more now in your target section least more specific goals. For example, Do you know that the speaker language confidently you need only 3000 words. You need to learn the other 2000. What grammar Don't you know? Right? Learn past tense. Is there If there are any notes on, the resource is you might need a book or an app that could help put those in there so you won't forget. And now let's create the actual plan. Start with copying your goal and motivation from the evaluation sheet. It can be either your big Ole or one of the smaller targets that you wrote down for your motivation. You can also add an inspirational quote. I find that those help a lot when I get the motivator or stock or lazy. Next, break down your goal in the 3 to 5 smaller steps that will help you to achieve it. You can do it yourself or Oscar tutor for help. First, identify the areas it would like to work on. It could be, for instance, grammar, listening and writing or going back to our example. If your goal is to add 2000 words to your vocabulary in six months, which was roughly 180 days, you need to learn 11 or 12 new words every day. How are you gonna do it? Go back to a previous lesson for some learning tips and inspiration. Will you get a book in Italian from the library and start reading it? Will you learn Italian songs? Will you watch an Italian TV show and now, most importantly, incorporate your plan into your weekly schedule? Allocate time every day or every other day. If you really want to see progress, you need to understand where and the when you dedicate time to work on what you're passionate about. It should be something feasible, something realistic. I would suggest 15 to 45 minutes a day. You have to be able to maintain it in the long run. No, just for a few days or weeks. Dedicate time consistently toe learning a new language and you'll get visible results. Your schedule might look like this Monday, grammar Wednesday, writing Friday. Listening, alternated in different types of exercises prevents you from being bored or becoming overwhelmed. Another option is to create blocks of tasks to concentrate on do Onley, reading during one week and Onley listening during the other, but within each block still do different things. For example, for listening, watching film. Watch it that talk on an interesting topic. Listen to the news report on the radio. Listen to a podcast episode. Learn the song. The most fun part of my study plan is usually tracking progress. You can use my learning tracker for that, creating a list of learning habits memorized 10 new words read three pages of a book. Speak in the language you're learning for 30 minutes every day. You can get as creative as you wish here and the end of the day. Take the boxes off. There is nothing more powerful than creating a visual cue of your learning process, and the best part of tracking your progress is, of course, celebrating your successes and winds. Added another 100 words. Trio vocabulary. Give yourself a reword. A new book, Lunch with a friend, a chocolate bar were healthy smoothie. You name it and I'll see you in a second to say a few final words. 6. Final Words of Encouragement: hello again and thank you so much for completing this class. We all know how important it is to know foreign languages, whether the advance your career or to make our next trip abroad with more comfortable. Police did not forget to share your study plan in our project section so we can encourage you and cheer you on and celebrate with you. I would also love to hear about the progress that you're making in your language studies. So make sure that jumped of the discussions on our community board and let me know how things are going for you. If you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer them there. I hope you enjoy the sessions, and I will be very grateful if you could let me know in your review if the material in this class was inspiring or how it helped you in your language studies. But most importantly, I want to praise you for a dedication. You watch this class because you have a dream and I hope that today you're one step closer to making it come true. Together we can make it a reality. Don't give up, keep running towards you because goals. Thank you again for taking this class and hope to see you again in my future clauses all the best wishes to you and goodbye.