The appeal of knowing more than one language is evident. How come? Being a polyglot has it obvious amenities of wider job opportunities, expansive communication reach, diverse traveling convenience, and among many others. Basically, knowing multiple languages is akin to having multiple tools in your linguistic arsenal.
While not everyone is going to have the time, or even money, for that matter to properly dwell into learning a new language, let alone mastering it, that doesn’t mean it’s not doable.
In fact, you can progressively pick up a new language on your own in less than a week by picking up any foreign language study book to learn some new words.
However, the major hurdle isn’t so much on the memorization but rather on the implementation needed for reinforcement, especially if you don’ have a foreign speaker around to practice. Let’s face it, anybody can memorize a few new words with a false sense of confidence for a day, yet will slip their mind the next without usage.
Here are ways on how you should go about your language acquisition process by yourself to make that new language stick and be imprinted:
The primary thing that you should focus on is immersing yourself in that language. In whatever language that has piqued your interest, start tuning in to foreign television channels with subtitles and radio stations. If you don’t have cable, then turn to foreign language videos on any video-sharing website like YouTube, Vimeo, or DailyMotion. The point and purpose of this is to fully immerse your ears in the language and pronunciation of words. Immersion is the key to accelerated language learning.
Aside from watching foreign language media, use your environment for language reinforcement. Purchase Post-it notes, and then stick them across everything in your living space. This is going to help with vocabularies for objects and the retention of them. All you have to do is write a word, the English meaning, and then a simple sentence. This will keep you adhere to the learning process, through repetition that will propel your progress on a daily basis.
Since your ideal goal is to learn a language in a week, this may seem out of place for some (and by “out of the place,” we mean “beneath them”), use children’s learning books to aid in progress. Ego aside, yes, children books are obviously meant for kids, but they are the best learning tools due to their simplicity needed in order for a kid to learn. They can help you build new vocabularies, simple sentences, and everything else for continuous improvement. So, get a children’s book in another language, or one that is meant to teach the language from the most basic beginner’s ground up.
Overall, engage yourself with that desired language you’re attempting to acquire in these matters. Devote no less than an hour a day to learning, and you will see improvement swiftly in a week.