6 July 2019 by Suzanne Rose
“I’d love to learn a language, but I just don’t have time” Sounds familiar?
There’s no doubt learning another language requires dedication and an investment of time, which makes fluency seem like a mountain to climb.
Follow these tips to find out how you can fit language learning into your day.
Motivation is the key
First ask yourself why you’re learning. Having a clear goal from the outset means you’re more likely to stick with it. Set targets over a short period of time and you’ll see results quicker too.
Starting out small and building on your skills will also build your confidence to keep going.
The key is to make it interesting. Don’t spend time with your head in a grammar book if verb conjugations send you to sleep. Whatever your passion is in life, you’ll find it on YouTube in your chosen language.
Make it a habit.
Finding time in the day for a new activity can be tricky. But in 15 to 20 minutes a day you can turn the mundane into your own language learning time slot.
- Audiobooks/podcasts while commuting or stuck in traffic
- Listen to the radio while prepping dinner
- Keep a notebook of new words & get a dictionary app
- Describe to yourself what you can see when you’re out and about
- Use an app such as Duolingo
- Learn a song
- Write a short story
- Watch sports
- Change the language on your Satnav or phone
- Follow a recipe
One of the easiest and most effective things you can do to be a successful language learner is listen.
Most importantly, find something that interests you. Easy Languages http://www.easy-languages.org has an amazing range of videos on all sorts of topics with native speakers in an equally amazing range of languages And the best part? They have subtitles in your chosen language and in English.
You can also choose your language on Euronews and listen & read at the same time.
However don’t be put off if you don’t understand everything. Just by having the radio on in the background can be beneficial even if you’re not actively listening.
Hearing the rhythm of the language is excellent for your pronunciation as you tune into the natural sound patterns of native speakers. It will also help you hear where one word ends and the next begins which can be overwhelming to start with.
Keep it short
If you’ve been at work all day, with children or are already studying full-time, you may wonder how you’re going to fit it all in.
15 to 20 minutes a day all adds up and it’s easier than finding a couple of hours once a week. You’ll also retain more language in the long run by learning in short, regular sessions.
Set aside a time when you know you can focus completely without distractions to get the best out of your session. Take time to recycle the language and revise the words you learn all the way through so that what you learned in week one is still fresh in week ten.
Keep your goals in mind, make it fun and then finding the time will fall naturally into your daily routine. Language learning shouldn’t feel like climbing a mountain, more like a sunny walk in the park – listening to your favourite language podcast of course.
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