Can you learn a foreign language quickly? Parents – probably repented for their mistakes – do nothing but repeat it to their children, experts blame themselves on the need to know at least two or more, and the job market seems to satisfy everyone: but what are we talking about?

Learning a foreign language, whose knowledge seems to have become increasingly important in a globalized world where English is no longer enough, and many professions require idioms such as German, Chinese, Spanish or Russian, only to speak of the most popular.

But let’s forget the future – for that there will be time to despair – and let’s take care of the present: how is it possible to learn a foreign language quickly?


Obviously there are no shortcuts, and study and practice will always go hand in hand, but there are a whole series of tips and tricks that can speed up the process. Babbel indicates some, let’s see what they are.

Memory: the moment you have to start forming your own vocabulary, perhaps even including the phraseological verbs, it could be useful to take into account your strongest interests. Do you like cinema, football, painting or cooking? Well, you begin to broaden your knowledge starting from these fields and you will see that remembering terms, verbs and idioms will be very simple for you. Clearly then you will have to dedicate yourself to something else, but this will already be a good basis.

Creating the new voice: you will probably have noticed it, but speaking a language different from yours also implies taking on a whole different vocal attitude. If you listen to a polyglot, in fact, you will see how these will change their voice from one language to another. Then try to observe how the vocal expression changes, in terms of musicality, rhythm, volume and intonation. Once understood, it will be easier to express yourself in that language.

Pronunciation: the theoretical study of syntax and grammar is a good thing, but sooner or later you will have to talk to someone and to make you understand you will have to pronounce the words you have in mind in a decent way. Needless to think of talking to perfection, but if there are any sounds that just do not come naturally look for online tutorials on how to arrange language and mouth to get to the desired sound. And then repeat, repeat, repeat until you are exhausted, until you have internalized it.

Written comprehension: one of the major difficulties in reading a text written in another language lies in that false sense of security given by the knowledge of names, adjectives and verbs, which is denied when someone asks you what you have understood. For this reason, during the early times it is important to read slowly, coming to “see” the syntactical construction of the sentence and perhaps repeating in English what was understood in the text, but avoiding a word-by-word translation.

Overcoming shyness: what beginners most often fear is the fear of making mistakes, which can prevent them from having a conversation in the language they are studying. To avoid being afraid of making mistakes, you will have to throw yourself into some real situations from which you cannot escape: little by little the words will begin to come out of your mouth as if by magic, actually the fruit of your studies and your exercises. You just need to force your hand a little and do not give in as soon as you have some problems.