Skip to main content
EURES (EURopean Employment Services)
News article30 January 2024European Labour Authority, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion2 min read

Learn a new language with ease and efficiency: A guide for busy professionals

Learning a new language can be a rewarding and enriching experience, but it can also seem daunting and time-consuming. You may wonder how you can balance your work, family, and social life with your language learning goals. But don’t worry, you can do it! Language learning is not about cramming or rushing, but about consistency and enjoyment. This article will give you some tips and advice on how to learn a new language the smart way, as a busy professional.

Study SMART. One of the keys to successful language learning is to have clear and realistic goals. Goals help you stay focused, motivated, and accountable. But not all goals are created equal. You need to make sure your goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. For example, instead of saying “I want to learn Spanish”, you could say “I want to be able to have a basic conversation in Spanish by the end of the year”. This way, you can track your progress, celebrate your achievements, and adjust your plan if needed.

Use your time wisely. Another key to effective language learning is to use your time efficiently and creatively. You don’t need to spend hours in a classroom or with a textbook to learn a new language. You can use your spare time and everyday activities to expose yourself to the language and practice your skills. For instance, you can listen to a podcast while driving, use an app while waiting in line or watch a show in your target language before sleeping. The more you integrate language learning into your routine, the easier and more fun it will be.

Use your new skills. The best way to learn a new language is to use it. Don’t wait until you feel ready or perfect to start speaking, writing, reading, and listening to the language. Why not keep a journal in your target language? By writing about your daily life, you will build up useful vocabulary. The sooner you start using your new skills, the faster you will improve and gain confidence. There are many ways to practice your language skills in real-life situations, such as joining online communities, finding language partners, attending events, etc. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, they are part of the learning process. Just be open, curious, and willing to learn from your errors.

By following these tips, you can learn a new language with ease and efficiency, alongside your busy professional life. The most important thing is to stay consistent and enjoy the journey. Remember, learning a new language is not a sprint but a marathon- consistency is key.

Do you speak another language? Check out five careers that bilingual and multilingual people excel in.


Read more:

European Job Days

Find EURES Advisers

Living and working conditions in EURES countries

EURES Jobs Database

EURES services for employers

EURES Events Calendar

Upcoming Online Events

EURES on Facebook

EURES on Twitter

EURES on LinkedIn

  • Hints and tips
Related section(s)
  • Accomodation and food service activities
  • Administrative and support service activities
  • Arts, entertainment and recreation
  • Education
  • Information and communication
  • Other service activities


Articles are intended to provide users of the EURES portal with information on current topics and trends and to stimulate discussion and debate. Their content does not necessarily reflect the view of the European Labour Authority (ELA) or the European Commission. Furthermore, EURES and ELA do not endorse third party websites mentioned above.