Learning a second language might seem like a difficult even complicated process. Some might even think of it as impossible. And, sure, when you learned your first language, you were a child: you had nothing hindering your development. You have parents and other family members who speak your native language while you grow up, so you have constant exposure.
As an adult, learning another language is, to be honest, a lot harder. You have to deal with work and family and life, in general; and who has the time? And by the time you might have decided you want to learn another language, your cognitive skills for language comprehension have already developed. Still, it makes sense to learn another language, and there has never been a better time than now.
Fortunately, there are many different ways that you can approach learning a second language. And the best strategy for most people is to combine several methods.
First of all, you could take group classes. Or, rather, you should definitely consider taking group classes. As mentioned, we learn our first language as a toddler, constantly absorbing the words spoken around us. The same strategy can certainly work as an adult. In a group classroom setting you will hear the language you are studying spoken more often. Of course, you will also have more opportunity to use the language in a real life setting.
In addition to group classes, you should also try to get some one-on-one time with an instructor; or, at least, with a native or expert speaker. This helps you to improve your attentiveness and your listening in addition to your pronunciation. And when you speak face-to-face with another person, they can help you to improve the nuances of your speaking. You don’t always get the opportunity to speak one-on-one in a class setting, so this helps to fill in those gaps.
Smartphones and tablets also give you more opportunity to study at home and on the go. This Robotel language laboratory software can sound out words and phrases for you so you can practice on your own, but you might also be able to more deeply investigate the mechanics of the language you are learning: roots, etymology, grammar, etc.