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Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the language you wish to learn using every possible means at your disposal; books, internet and conversations with people who have lived there. This will help you to familiarize yourself with the environment and attitude of the given country. You will begin to understand their common interests and touch base with past events that have formed their government, educational system, artwork and current mind-set. Get to know their celebrities and outstanding leaders. Investigate their roots by learning which ancient tribes or races populated this area, and where their original language was born.