4 Interesting Approaches to Language Learning That Will Help You Master One in No Time

4 Interesting Approaches to Language Learning That Will Help You Master One in No Time - let's reach success

If you’re interested in learning foreign languages, you might have been told it’s impossible to be able to speak one any time soon.

In fact, some people study for years and can’t say a lot to the locals once in their country.

But there are the other language learners, however, who’ve realized it’s just another aspect of life that can be hacked.

Meaning, if you do it smart rather than hard, you can be speaking fluently before you know it.

And no, we aren’t talking about natural gifts here. Although, that would help. Together with determination and interest for the particular language and the culture it comes from.

We’re talking about being strategic, doing things right from day one in order to see a consistent progress and learn faster than anyone around you.

So, here are some language hacks to make your journey easier:

1. Images over sounds.

Researchers found that our brain is much better at remembering what we hear, rather than what we see.

That means having your headphones on for hours daily listening to dialogues in a foreign language won’t do much if visuals aren’t included.

Luckily, that’s where apps can help, and we can find plenty of them in Apple and Google Play stores.

They work, and they even have a lasting effect, because they engage all of your senses. You move your fingers across the screen, see written words, hear them, but also use your visual memory and are distracted by pictures. What’s more, these evoke emotions in you and that helps even more.

Our attention span is bigger as a result of this, and we are actually engaging our mind with the activity, instead of multitasking, which is the case when just learning languages through audio.

2. Make it fun.

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Did you know that if an activity is boring, your mind is less likely to put in much effort into doing its best job?

The opposite is also true. If we’re having fun during the process, it will become a positive experience for us, and not only will we do it often enough to actually get results, but we’ll also remember things more easily. In this case, the words and grammar of the foreign language.

One way to get creative is to gamify language learning with an app like Clozemaster.

It perfectly complements the other learning apps you might be using. What it does differently is the use of cloze test, which is text with specific words removed from it that you need to replace.

That’s one of the best exercises for the brain as it remembers better when it has gaps to fill and needs to extract information only from the context.

The success of this technique is yet another proof that the standard boring studying methods, together with revising, are not the right approach to learning languages faster while having fun.

3. Speak it as soon as possible.

One way our memory works is this: the more you need to recall something, the more likely you are to remember it in the long-term.

That’s why you often completely forget whole episodes of your childhood, or seemingly important facts. Because you never actually had to talk about them, or even think about them, ever again.

So, back to hacking languages to learn faster.

How can we put this tip into practice?

An article on BBC talks about the process of immersion.

Rapid growth comes the more you immerse yourself in the foreign language you want to master. That can happen by constantly being exposed to it, having to speak it sooner than you’d like (the discomfort here is present but it’s what makes us get to the next level too), reading in the new language, even thinking about it.

In fact, if you speak frequently (regardless of how ridiculous you sound or how insufficient your knowledge is), you can expect to be having fluent conversations in just a few weeks.

Immersion might mean volunteering at the country, spending a month or a summer there. If you can’t do that and it’s not urgent, you can connect with people online, be it tutors or other enthusiasts who want to learn faster, and chat with them almost daily. Making mistakes is natural. But to keep talking even when you’re shy (the language barrier does exist, after all), is something that will make you braver over time.

Show determination for language learning by constantly seeking feedback, asking questions and using all words you know.

4. You’re probably doing vocabulary wrong.

If you’re planning to learn a couple hundred words weekly, every week for an indefinite period, (or if that’s what you’re already doing), stop right there.

First of all, that has nothing to do with practice. You can learn all the words in a language, but nothing will happen until you go out there and start using them and thus letting your brain make connections between them to memorize better.

Second, most of them will never come in handy.

Last but not least, it’s super boring. Might even lead to you avoiding language learning as much as possible simply because it’s something unpleasant for the brain now, and there are better things it could be engaged in.

The good news is that with 500 words you can do wonders. You can taste the culture, communicate freely with locals, and only learn more and faster from there on, without much effort.

In fact, here’s a cool article from Fluent In 3 Months, sharing the power of knowing 300 words and what you can do with them.

Another thing you can do to hack the process of language learning is to focus on the cognates.

These are words that sound quite similar to those in your language.

Maybe you didn’t know this, but there are more than 1000 cognates between English and Spanish. Checking them out just once will be enough to remember plenty and move onto learning some more, before you go speak with confidence.

Now that you know these 4 approaches to language learning, you shouldn’t put off starting it any more.

If you’ve already began, simplify your process and work smarter with the tips you just read.

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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