SET REALISTIC AIMS
Why do you want to learn a language? For work? Personal development? Travel? Study? For fun? Having a clear idea helps to choose the right type of course and study programme.
KEEP ORGANISED NOTES
Try to take notes, writing down new words, grammar points, expressions and dialogues learnt during the lesson. Highlight in different colours or draw mind maps. Put dates on your notes and keep them in some type of chronological order in a notebook or in a folder.
READ AND LISTEN
Try to read and listen in your chosen language of study as much as possible. It’ll be hard in the beginning but it will get easier. Just read and listen to something, anything: music, recipes, comics, magazines, books, websites, podcast, films, songs and TV series in original language. These are all valid resources.
STUDY AND REVISE EVERY DAY
A language is like going to the gym. It becomes more manageable if you do a little each day, even 10-30 minutes a day will help speed up the learning process. Try writing the shopping list in your chosen language or reading something on the train.
DON’T SPEAK ITALIAN!
Or whatever your mother-tongue is! It’s important to dedicate your lesson time to speaking and communicating as much as possible in your chosen language, especially using set phrases like: how do you say…? What does … mean?
LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES
Don’t be scared of making mistakes. They’re inevitable and can also be funny. The most important thing when learning a language is to try without worrying about the grammar and so, communicate anytime you can…and have fun!
SOCIALISE IN YOUR CHOSEN LANGUAGE OF STUDY
Take advantage of any chance to socialise out of lesson time by taking part in other events that involve the language you’re studying. These events could include cultural events or going to see a film in its original language with your classmates.