Clever Study Techniques for Your Foreign Language Class

Hi, friends! I was going to end my Clever Study Techniques, but Madison suggested that I include one last about studying for a foreign language class. So here it is! Thank you for the suggestion, Madison! I hope you all have enjoyed this mini series and that it’s helped you in some way.

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Now, here are some clever study techniques to help you ace your foreign language class!

Speak up during class discussions!

People don’t want to speak up during class discussions because they’re afraid they’ll make a mistake. The truth is that class discussions are the best places to make mistakes. The professor is right in front of you, so he/she can correct you right away and help you build good habits before you form bad ones. Also, it’s much less costly to make mistakes during a class discussion than on an exam. So don’t be afraid to speak up when it’s discussion time!…

Listen to your professor and to native speakers.

Listen to how they use words. Pay attention to the verb tenses and to how they structure their sentences. Even though it’s embarrassing, try to speak and write in the language as much as you can.

Do practice problems.

If your test is written, written practice problems are the best way to study. If your professor gives handouts, look at them and do the problems. Do the problems in the back of the book, too. If you have any doubts, definitely ask! That’s what professors are there for.

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Make flashcards for vocabulary words.

To learn vocabulary words, flashcards are the best way to go. They’re quick, super helpful, and easy to make. It also helps to know how you will be tested on this vocabulary. When I took Spanish, I learned the Spanish words with English definitions. To my surprise, on the quiz, we were expected to write the definition in Spanish! I learned to flip my flashcards so that I could not only produce the English word, but I could produce the Spanish word from the English one.

Create a conjugation sheet.

When I took Spanish, my conjugation sheet was my best friend. You can have a table for each verb tense. Here’s what my present tense conjugation sheet looked like. You can adjust it according to the language you’re studying.

-ar -er -ir
yo hablo como escribo
tu hablas comes escribes
el/ella/usted habla come escribe
nosotros/nosotras hablamos comemos escribimos
ellos/ellas/ustedes hablan comen escriben

Foreign languages are easy to grasp once you get rid of the fear of making mistakes. Don’t be afraid to speak, read, or write in this language you’re learning, because THAT is how you will learn it.

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  • Yay! Thank you! I still can’t wait to be done with this class, but hopefully these tips will make it slightly less painful.

    • Good luck, Madison! I hope these tips help 🙂