Putting aside matters of employability, teaching yourself a new tongue is an invaluable skill: It can increase your mental health and general intelligence, not to mention make holidaying less stressful。


Here‘s how to go about the task in superfast time。 Good luck!




1.Follow news reports


Narguess Farzad is a senior tutor in the Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East at The School of Oriental and African Studies。 She believes that a surefire way to supercharge your learning curve is to follow the news in a foreign language。

Narguess Farzad是伦敦大学亚非学院近东语言文化系的资深导师。她认为,提高学习曲线的一个必胜绝招是紧跟这门外语的新闻。

“These tend to be easy to follow and are a satisfying way of using basic vocabulary and grammar that you have already learned。”


2.Embrace technology


“Apps now allow anybody, anywhere to practice languages at any time,” says Luis von Ahn, a Guatemalan entrepreneur and founder of popular language-learning platform Duolingo。

危地马拉企业家、流行语言学习平台Duolingo的创始人Luis von Ahn表示:“现在,App允许每个人随时随地练习语言。”

“Instead of having to sign up for a one-hour class and commute there every day, you can now learn whenever you want - if you‘re waiting for the bus, if you’re bored at home, or if you just have a few minutes to kill。 This convenience has fundamentally changed the way people learn, and has gotten millions of people more engaged in learning foreign languages。”


3.Enjoy songs and films


“I also encourage the use of songs,” says Farzad。 “In fact, I learned a lot of my English through English pop music long before coming to live in the UK。”


“Also,” adds Farzad, “try watching films as another way of consolidating your language learning process。”


4.Mix with natives


“There aren‘t many shortcuts that I would recommend,” says Ana de Medeiros, director of the Modern Language Centre at King’s College London, “but clearly one of the more beneficial methods of learning a new language quickly is to immerse yourself in the culture。”

“我没有很多可以推荐的捷径,”伦敦大学国王学院当代语言中心主任Ana de Medeiros说道,“但是有一点十分清楚,快速学习一门新的外语更为有益的方法是将自己融入其文化。”

This works better if you already have some rudimentary knowledge of the language。 “But, by changing your environment, and actually studying intensively in a country or region where the target language is spoken, you will encounter the words and phrases in very natural situations - which will be very helpful。”





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