1. Be patient – learning a new language isn’t something that happens overnight, and studies show that nobody can ever be fluent in a language, not even their mother-tongue.
2. Have confidence – you may not know if you’re saying it right or if you’re using the correct person, tense or mood of a verb; but just go for it! Chances are that if you’re wrong someone will correct you and that’s all part of learning!
3. Ask for help – people are often more than happy to help you find the word you’re looking for or works out the meaning of a tricky idiom, just ask! The worse they can say is “no”!
4.Exchange – chances are there’ll always be somebody else who wants to learn your native language as much as you want to learn theirs. Investigate as to whether there are any language tandems in your area, your closest big city or at a nearby university.
5. Explore – go to a country where that language is spoken, preferably to a location less prone to International tourism. Meet the people, experience day-to-day life, and see the local sights!
6. Make it fun – you will often be able to find an extensive range of material that is in the target language; whether it’s watching a film, reading a book, or going to a ballet or an opera, check out the masterpieces of that language and find the ones that you love!
7. Give yourself credit – learning a new language is tough, don’t be too hard on yourself and take it easy! Even learning a new word and how to use it each day is a major achievement!