* Study Phrase Books – Always carry a phrase book with you for the targeted language you are learning. Study it at every opportunity including standing in line at a grocery store, waiting on a train or bus, or while relaxing at home.
* Immersion – Look for every opportunity imaginable to use your languages skills. The best way of course, is to physically go to an area where your target language is spoken, overseas, Mexico, Canada (Quebec), or even states within the United States where foreign languages are spoken such as California, Texas, South Florida and Puerto Rico. Hang out at cafes, libraries, malls, bars, and other locations and engage foreign language speakers with simple conversation. Make friends with native speakers. Invite them over for dinner or a few drinks. Tell them that you want them to speak to you only in their native language.
* Watch Foreign Television – These days in addition to the 2 or 3 nationwide Spanish language networks, many other foreign language television stations are available over satellite and on cable. Watch them for an hour or two every day and try to pick out familiar words and phrases. Additionally, try to mimic the tone and accent of the speakers.
* Listen to World Music – Give American music a rest for a short while and experiment with some international music. Many of the national bookstore and CD chains now have excellent Latin and World Music sections. Listen to Latin music or other International stations and programs on American radio. Tune in to foreign radio stations on-line.
* Listen to Language Tapes! – Purchase some language learning tapes and listen to them as often as possible. First read the accompanying booklet to get a feel for the vocabulary and grammar. Then, listen to the tapes while relaxing at home, while driving to work, on a Walkman when jogging or exercising, and even while in the shower. You need to listen to the tapes about 15 or 20 times before they really start to sink in.
* Take Computer Language Courses – Whether on-line or a software program, computer language courses provide good visualization for learning vocabulary words.
* Always Read Aloud! – Don’t just read new phrases and vocabulary silently to yourself. Read aloud. Studies show that this helps you retain new vocabulary at a much faster rate, plus it helps with pronunciation.