4 Interesting Approaches to Language Learning That Will Help You Master One in No Time 50

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 I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off

Here are the things that helped me find focus and finally get to work:

Tip #1 Write it down.

When I say write it down I mean that whatever you want to do on the day or even the night before for the following day. Simply write exactly down what you want to do/achieve. This simple tip alone is almost like flicking a switch in your brain to do it.

Simply writing down your goals and your plans not only makes you think about the goals and the steps that you need to do to achieve them. Sometimes this can be a great way to realize exactly what you want and get you thinking of things you perhaps hadn’t thought of prior.

Not only this but there have been countless studies done showing that writing something down with greatly improve the chances of it coming to fruition than not writing it down at all.

The great thing about this is that it can be literally applied to many areas of like. You can write down your long-term goals or you can write down what you plan to do for the next day.

I, personally, do it every night after I am long finished with my work for that day. I set aside 5-10 minutes for writing down what I want to do tomorrow. The act itself cements it in your brain.

This is also a great way to help with procrastination. It’s almost like holding yourself accountable for it which I will get into more in my next point.

Tip #2 Hold yourself accountable.

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Holding yourself accountable to an overall goal or target can be an excellent way to actually push yourself to that point where you get to work consistently.

For example, let’s say I want to lose some weight and be on a particular diet to achieve that goal. Telling your friends and family that you are doing it makes you more accountable than doing it alone.

Your friends/family will often follow up with you about your progress. This is a constant kick up your ass to keep working towards your goal. Also, doing things like posting it on Facebook or somewhere where people can engage with you and follow your progress is great.

Ideally, having an accountability partner would be the best option for this.

An accountability partner and you would usually be moving towards the same goal and would constantly encourage each other to get to work. Most importantly, you two will be accountable for your actions!

A great way to find such like-minded people is through social media. For example when I work on my blog FlipFlopsandAppleSauce, I have a artner that is also running a blog. We both set goals on how often we publish content to hold each other accountable. It works extremely well.

Tip #3 Don’t be focused on results.

Don’t put pressure on yourself if you aren’t achieving your goals as quickly as you want.

Let’s say you have an online business and you want to make $1000 a month in profit. Instead of focusing on how much money you are currently making, look at what steps you need to take to get to that $1000. The more of these you take, the sooner you will get there.

Tip #4 Concentrate on today.

 

Some people are always thinking of long-term objectives. That’s not a problem, but you should always try to break down your goals into smaller, easier steps. Then, dedicate each day to working towards completing these steps.

Not only does that make things simpler and easier to manage, but it also puts less stress and pressure on you in the long run and will undoubtedly save you lots of time.

Tip #5 Let it become a habit.

Once you get into a routine, doing some of the more tedious things won’t be as much of a problem. Because at the beginning, you had to make a more conscious effort to make them happen. But once something becomes a habit through use of constant repetition, it becomes 10 times easier to do it.

After doing something consistently for 20 days in a row, it will start to become a habit.

So, if you are doing something that you don’t enjoy 100% to work towards your goal, it would be a great idea to challenge yourself for 3 weeks. Make it a habit, because, beyond that initial 3 weeks, things should only become easier.

#Tip 6 Think goals, not hours.

Some people say ‘I want to work 5 hours on this today’. In my opinion, this is not a solid mentality to have.

People who work with that in mind tend to draw out what they are working out to achieve that time target, which usually isn’t helpful at all. Not only that, but it lowers overall productivity.

I like to set steps that I want to do on that exact day. I have a clearer target that isn’t limited or restricted by time in this case.

Also, once you have finished what you set out to do for that day, you feel a great sense of accomplishment. Which for me, is an amazing feeling that keeps me coming back for more!

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David Gray is an entrepreneur that loves marketing. This “career” path allows him the freedom that he truly craves in his life.