Tip 1. Start with the end in mind. As I have mentioned in lots of my blogs, it is important that before you start learning anything, you imagine yourself using the new skill with ease, so in the case of language learning – see yourself speaking fluently. Take a few minutes to creatively visualise this before every learning session and see the difference it makes. When you miss this step, you really slow down your progress as you find yourself just memorising the lesson (or the series of phrases) rather than creating a new way of thinking.
e.g. woman in Russian is женщина – (zhen-shee-na); so Russian красивая женщина ‘kra -see-vaya zhen-shee-na’ (beautiful woman) works where красивый (kra-see-vee), which also means beautiful, doesn’t sound right.
A woman in Italian is una donna and we all know una bella donna!! You could never say una bello donna – it just doesn’t work!!!!
Hear the sounds of your new language like you hear new music – mimic – don’t always try and understand.
Tip 6. You will make mistakes – accept this fact. I have made so many mistakes speaking my languages with native speakers (not tutors) and some of these have become indelibly imprinted in my mind. Others, I remember the laughter and fun they caused. Mistakes are often your best lessons – make them your friends.