*Never miss a class.
*Label everything in your room or apartment.
*After you get a basic vocabulary, you can build on what you know. One part of a word appears again in another. Make the connections.
*Speak half one language, half another, if you have to, until you get it.
*Carry a pocket dictionary—and don't be embarrassed to use it.
*Read something short—signs on the street, newspaper headlines, comic books.
*Everything you do is a language-learning experience. When you go shopping, it's a vocabulary lesson.
*Take risks. Go out and say something!
*Three useful expressions: Thank you, I'm sorry, I don't understand.
*Sometimes just listen, expecting nothing, not trying to comprehend.
*Find what works for you. It's different for different people. If you learn from studying a grammar book, do it. If conversation comes more easily, focus on that. Any studying you do will help with other parts of the language.
*Choose one activity and do it consistently. Write in a diary; watch a weekly sitcom; use flash cards. Whatever it is, just do it and keep doing it—and you will see results!
*Relax. Have fun with the language!
*Celebrate small victories—the first time you understand a conversation, for example.
*Aim high. But don't expect perfection of yourself. You will be disappointed.
*Keep a diary. At first it will be written mostly in your first language. But you will begin to add words and phrases in the new one. Gradually, the balance will shift, and more of it will be in the target language. (And what a souvenir you will have!)
*Tomorrow will be better.
*Repetition is useful and important. Use the same language over and over. Reread a book or story.
*Replay a video. Each time, you will learn.
*If you really want to communicate, use the words that you know. Simplify. Substitute, if you don't know the exact word.
*Learning vocabulary in sets is helpful—shopping words, similar-sounding words, opposites.
*Speak the target language with your classmates, even those from your own country.
*Never give up.