4They practice (and practice, and practice…)
Of course, you need to practice if you want to get better. People always complain they have to travel far away to really practice their French or their Spanish but this isn’t necessarily true. You can find online courses with private teachers, local discussion groups in your city, get a pen pal who wants to learn your language, there are many more resources, you just have to do a little bit of research. You can even go to local ethnic restaurants and practice with the cooks and waiters there. The possibilities are limitless. Of course, it’s great and convenient if you have a good friend learning the same language but if you find yourself a discussion group, you’ll make even more friends!
And don’t forget online resources like language learning apps. Babbel offers great written and oral exercises that will help you practice between two online courses.
5They immerse themselves in the culture
People that learn languages are usually very interested in the culture linked to the language. They will start watching television shows, movies, talk shows, and listen to music from this culture. It is much easier to learn a language if you’re interested in the food, politics, entertainment industry and history of the country. People that learn French will start watching great 1960 French New Wave movies or listen to French rap and start reading newspapers or blogs about what’s happening in the Francophone world. A language becomes much more interesting if you know more about the whole culture around it.
Yes, some people learn languages more easily than others. But you can become one of them! And did you know that some actors and actresses are polyglot as well?