How to learn a new language
Study content, not the language
Although most language learning classes and progams focus on purely learning the language, a study of high school students studying French found that when they studied another subject taught in French instead of a class purely to teach French, the students tested better for listening and were more motivated to learn. Students in the standard French class scored better on reading and writing tests, so both methods clearly have merit.
Once you've mastered the basics of a new language, try including some content on a topic you're interested in to improve your understanding.
You could have conversations with friends learning the same language, read articles online or listen to a podcast to test your comprehension.
erit n.价值，优点； [宗教]（行善得到的）功德； 功绩，功勋； 荣誉
"It's of no great literary merit," he said, almost apologetically.