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Here are 7 steps to learn a second language more effectively by immersing yourself to it:

1. Connect with a native speaker.

Hands down, the best way to learn a new language is to speak it. Too often, people spend all of their time studying grammar and memorizing lists of words instead of actually going out there and putting what they've learned into practice. Speaking with a real, live person will help you to feel much more motivated about learning the language than staring at a book or computer screen.

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2. Study the language every day.

People often claim to have studied a language "for five years" and still not be fluent. But when they say five years, they probably mean that they studied the language for only a couple of hours a week over that entire time period. Let's get one thing clear - if you want to learn a new language quickly - that is, in the space of a few weeks or months - you're going to have to commit to studying the language for a couple of hours per day.

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Language learning is based on repetition - hammering something into your brain over and over again until you remember it. If you break too long between study sessions, you are much more prone to forget what you learned last time and you will waste valuable study time going back over what you've already learned, according to WikiHow.

You can cut down on this wasted time by studying every day. There are no miraculous short cuts when it comes to language learning -- you just need to commit.

3. Carry a dictionary at all times.

Carrying a dictionary with you will save you a lot of time and frustration, so invest in one as soon as possible!

It can be an actual, physical dictionary, or a dictionary app on your phone - you just need to be able to consult it quickly whenever you need a word.

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Carrying a dictionary will allow you to find the necessary word at a moments notice. This is especially important when you are having a conversation with a native speaker and don't wish to disrupt the flow of conversation by not being able to remember a word. In addition, looking up the word and using it immediately in a sentence will help you to commit the word to memory.

You can also peruse the dictionary at random moments throughout the day - when you're waiting in line at the grocery store when you're on a coffee break at work, or sitting in traffic. You could learn an extra 20 or 30 words a day this way!

4. Watch, listen, read and write in your chosen language.

Immersing yourself in a language means doing all of the activities you would normally do in your native tongue, through your new language - whether that's reading, writing or listening.

Possibly the easiest thing you can do is watch television shows or movies in the language you are trying to learn. Try to avoid subtitles, as you will tend to rely on them. To make things easier, try to watch shows or movies whose plots you are already familiar with - like kids' cartoons or dubbed versions of English movies - knowing the context will help you to decipher the meanings of words and phrases.

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You should also attempt to read and write in your new language. Get a newspaper or magazine and attempt to read one article a day - looking up any words you don't understand in your dictionary. You should also try to write a few simple things in your new language -whether it's a pretend postcard or a shopping list.

Download podcasts or tune in to radio stations in your new language. This is a great way to immerse yourself in the language while you're on the go. Not only does this help with your listening comprehension, but it also allows you to hear the correct pronunciation of common words and phrases.

Change your language settings on all your electronic devices so that you can pick up words you know already in English but not in the new language.

Listen to songs in that language. Try to learn the lyrics, then check what they mean. That way, if you hear it again, you can tell what the conversation is about at that point.

5. Visit a country where your chosen language is spoken.

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Obviously, it would be a great boost to your language learning skills if you could visit and spend some time in a country where your new language is spoken.

Force yourself to interact with the locals - whether you're asking for directions, completing a transaction in a store, or simply saying hello - and you will gain a new appreciation of the language and its speakers.

It doesn't matter how basic your oral skills are, keep pushing yourself to speak and you will soon notice a vast improvement in your vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation.

Essential language apps to have you fluent in no time

There are almost as many language apps available as there are global dialects, as cited by Mashable. Some worth investigating include:

Rosetta Stone - The best known and perhaps most comprehensive, Rosetta Stone promises to "train you to associate words with imagery in real-life situations" and has 24 language options. It's definitely an investment - currently $7.49 per month for 24 months - but many people swear by it.

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Babbel - This app breaks its tuition down into short, 10-15 minute chunks so you can pick up a por favour or an arigato on the subway or wait for a bus. Subscriptions start at $5 a month.

Memrise - If you want to learn French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, or a host of other dialects, with cartoony game rewards helping you along, this is for you. Prices start at $8.99 per month.

uTalk - With 160 languages and speaking games that help monitor your progress, this comes priced at $64.99 and will improve your Albanian or Swahili in no time.

Duolingo - A range of languages, including Klingon because why should fictional dialects be excluded, and cute gamification aspects keep this favourite a top scorer in the App Store. Duolingo is free.

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busuu - At $34.99 for a year's subscription, busuu (a Cameroonian word) offers 12 language courses and lets you hone your skills directly with native speakers.

WaitSuite - Taking the concept of learning in your spare time to its logical extreme, this free to use MIT-associated project sends translation flashcards to your phone in those "micro-moments" when you're waiting for a Wi-Fi connection or taking an elevator.

Mango - Mango's exercises combine listening, reading and even movies to help you pick up vocabulary and grammatical patterns in 70+ languages. Pricing starts at $7.99 per month for one language. However, Mango partners with many libraries, so you might be able to access it for free with your library card.

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