The question “how to become fluent in a language?” is one that almost always gets the same answer: All you need is to work at it diligently and be armed with patience. But there is more to becoming fluent in a language than this perfunctory advice, especially if you want to do so in six months or less.
Although English is my first language, I learned Mandarin and Cantonese as a child, picked up French in high school, and have become conversant in Spanish while traveling through South America. Over the years, I’ve picked up a lot of tips and hacks to improve my language-learning skills. Here is how to become fluent in any language in six months or less.