Not only is Hallo out to create a more fun, effective, and affordable solution to learning and practicing English, but the app is backed by a team where over 90% of the members speak a second (or third or fourth) language. Several of them have even used Hallo to practice their English!
Below is their advice for learning a second language and what proved the most helpful for them!
One of the most helpful things for me was my desire to master the language and speak like a native speaker. I have big dreams, and I understand the importance of being able to communicate in English eloquently for me to achieve my dreams.
1. Set goals and be consistent - Write down why you want to learn a language in your journal or notes app. Then, try to visualize the experiences and opportunities that learning that language will present you. Now that you have the big picture written out, break it down into simple daily and weekly steps to help you get there.
2. Write and reflect - Since writing is an important part of language learning, it can be a great way to freely express your thoughts and feelings. You can take it further by writing down things you learned. For example, you could try summarizing a TV show you watched or talk about a song you like. These activities will force you to think in the language you are learning which will train your brain to work more efficiently.
1. When learning vocabulary, try to apply the words you learn as soon and as much as possible by using them.
2. Writing practice is crucial for cementing the principles you learn.
3. STUDY GRAMMAR!
4. If you're comfortable with what you're speaking about, you're not speaking about the right thing. Put yourself outside of your comfort zone, where you make mistakes and grow the most.
If I could add something to that advice, I would say: be patient and keep going. In time, you will master all the grammar rules, but for now, just focus on what matters--communicating with other people. If you do it, you are on the right track to fluency.
In fact, this episode goes along with my advice, which is to speak as much as possible. I personally think that the best way to learn a new language is to speak the language. Although it is possible to be proficient in vocabulary and grammar without speaking, neither of them requires learners to apply what they've acquired right off the bat. Conversely, speaking requires you to use what you know immediately, which I believe helps what you have learned actually stick.
2. Increase daily exposure to a new language. This is about creating the right environment for language learning. Make plans so that you can be surrounded by a new language all day long. Listen to the radio, get a speaking partner, watch films in a new language.
3. Immerse yourself in the culture. Culture is the most effective and powerful means to absorb a new language! It helps you to remember new acquisitions easily because you learn things by association and memory. Learn vocabulary and expressions not in isolation, but in cultural context.
Using the language will definitely speed up the process of becoming comfortable with new languages, and Hallo does a good job of providing that opportunity. I personally think grabbing hold of grammar and vocab early is important, because if you just focus on speaking, you may pick up bad habits which may be difficult to fix in the future.