If you want to learn a new language… Fall in love! And if you already have a partner, everything is even easier. Just decide on what language to study and start to practice right now!
Foreign language studying with your partner is a good way to stay motivated and find inspiration to continue your education. It is better than to study a new language in a group, as you won’t be shy and will be able to develop and follow your own system that will work better for you. And of course, it is more effective than to study a language alone, as there will always be a person who will support you and help you understand some moments in case you have some problems.
This is an amazing pastime for couples who want to work on their personal growth and contribute to their future. Do not know where to start? We’ve got the ideas!
1. Find the motivation
The first thing you both need to understand is why you want to study a new language. Some couples just want to improve the quality of their pastime and choose this way, others want to move to another country and need to learn a foreign language. Each case is different. Motivation has a huge importance for studying languages because if you do not know why exactly you need it, you will not be able to follow the schedule or study it for more than a couple of weeks.
2. Choose a language and find the materials
The next step is to choose a language that both of you want to study. Here’s a trick: if one of you wants to learn Swedish, and another wants to study French, it may be difficult to come to a common agreement. However, you may choose to learn both of them, or find some other language that both of you would love. Also, make sure that you have enough materials to study this language. Unfortunately, some languages are not very popular to study, thus, there are not enough educational materials and writing exercises. Perhaps, you will need to consult a language specialist who will tell you what tutorials to buy and how to create your studying plan.
3. Create a schedule
In studying languages, you should always stick to the schedule. Remember that it would always be better to have 30 minutes of practice daily than to spend 4 hours on it once a week. Also, you should keep in mind that if you’ve decided to study a foreign language together, you need to be able to spend at least 30 minutes per day studying as a couple. So write your schedule in advance and you will get enough time for this activity.
4. Watch movies
For couples, the best way to learn a new language is watching movies. You do not necessarily need to watch new movies, moreover, it would be better to choose the ones that you love and know. Thus, you will not get distracted to check every single word that you do not understand. Also, remember that you should watch movies with subtitles to catch all phrases. After watching a movie once, watch it the second time looking for interesting words and word combinations, paying attention to the intonations, and checking how the translation differs from the English version of the movie.
5. Read out loud
To work on your pronunciation and language understanding, read out loud to your partner. This is beneficial to the person who reads as they improve their reading skills, and it is also great for the person who listens as they develop their listening skills. To make this process perfect, retell the abstracts that you read and discuss them asking questions and highlighting the key moments.
6. Have no English days
Perhaps the most advantageous thing in studying a foreign language together is the possibility to arrange no English days. You just wake up in the morning and forget that you speak English, trying to speak the language that you study. No cheating, as you do that for yourself, not for someone else. Of course, it would be better not to go to work this day, as you won’t be able to avoid speaking English with your colleagues.
7. Travel together
Couples can benefit from travels while studying foreign languages. For example, they may travel to the country the language of which they learn. Thus, they will be able to get into the language environment listening and communicating with the native speakers. A great point here is that there will always be your partner by your side who will help you to find a proper word or fix your mistakes if you make them. Besides, you won’t be afraid to travel to another country alone!
8. Take lessons
If you are not sure that self-study is for you, you may take classes with a native speaker or a tutor. Besides, if you visit classes together, there are fewer chances that you will decide to miss the class today, as your partner will always motivate you to keep studying. Also, you will write your home assignments together. For many solo students, this is the most frustrating part of studying as you need to spend your free time on it. But think of your college years: when you studied with your friends, it was much easier to do everything that you had to do and you could always ask for the advice in case you had some problems with understanding some material or writing some essays.
Studying a foreign language together with a partner is definitely an activity that you need to try. It is not the most common way to spend your evenings but it is definitely better than just browsing the web. You can also encourage your friends to join you and watch movies, travel, and take language classes together. We hope that our article will inspire you to grab your partner and start learning foreign languages. Good luck!