Taking on a new language: Learnia’s step-by-step guide

With the new year starting, many of us think of taking on new hobbies or finally tackling a foreign language. But how to decide what language to take on and how to do that? Ask yourself these questions:


Why do I need a new language?

Have you moved to a foreign country? Do you do business with foreigners? Are you planning on traveling abroad? Maybe your spouse’s mother tongue is different from yours?

Learning the language of your neighbors, clients or spouse gives you an invaluable advantage: the language barrier slowly goes down, communication flows better, not to mention – you earn some brownie points for trying.


Which skills do I need the most?

Would you like to be able to understand the local small talk? Or watch films, read books, order dinner in a restaurant?

Set your goals straight and choose the option that suits your needs the best: sign up for a conversational course, stream the vocabulary podcast or pair up with a native speaker. Don’t forget that learning a language is the whole package so make sure you eventually develop other skills as well.


What do I want to achieve?

It’s good to have an objective. Whether your goal is to start having everyday conversations in the office or pass a language exam, the goals will help you measure your progress. Start with baby steps. Smaller goals are easier to achieve which will keep you motivated longer.


If you’re about to take up a new language (Finnish, perhaps?), let us know if we can help. Stay positive – we know that you can do it!

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