I speak German, English, French and Japanese (French and Japanese not fluently though, since I am still learning vocabulary). At the moment I am
learning Korean and Persian (Farsi).
I normally start with the basic grammar and try to learn it to perfection, after that I learn basic verbs and adjectives.
If you want to learn a language with another alphabet, I would also suggest learning this alphabet first and then try to learn everything else written
in the native letters. (not recommended for Chinese though, the Kanji are already a problem for me in Japanese, and in Japanese there are only 2042
When you get the grammar right, everything else is just learning vocabulary, which is pretty easy. (at least for me, I read a word once and will
remember it arround 60% of the times)
Btw. I discovered, that immersive learning is basically the best method that you can do, but not possible most of the times. For me learning Japanese
was pretty easy since I lived there and really had to learn it. I love to communicate and will never understand people that live somewhere without
learning the language.
It is not only important for yourself, but also a sign of respect towards your environment.
Edit: btw. to all the people learning German:
I am German and my grades in school were far worse in German than in English. If you learn proper German all the people here will look at you like you
are an Alien, because it is so uncommon for somebody to speak perfect German. A lot of people, myself included, don't know the proper grammar. We just
assume we do, since we are used to speak like that everyday, but a lot of people make mistakes.
And since we have so many foreigner in Germany that don't bother trying to learn our language, because they can all get what they nedd with only
using, for example, Turkish, we really love seeing people trying to speak our language.
edit on 12-2-2014 by aLLeKs because: (no reason