LRS 091: How to Learn a New Language Fast and Easy 59

How to Learn a New Language Fast and Easy - the let's reach success podcast

Today on the Let’s Reach Success podcast I’ll cover 6 techniques for learning a new language faster.

I love the variety of my podcast. It really is to get advice and inspiration out there on anything related to personal, spiritual and business growth.

Last weak it was about the mindset of a pro mma fighter, before that about youtube and why it’s great for you, your brand and business to be on it and do videos, and the episode before that was on the obstacles to becoming self-employed.

Now it’s something completely different – how to learn a new language. But it always amazes me how all these are connected. Life lessons and life hacking everywhere we look, only if we are ready for success in all areas of life, of course.

Alright, So I’m choosing language learning because it’s a topic near and dear to my heart, but something I haven’t worked on for some years. Now, I’ve set the goal to learn the language of the country I recently moved in, which is also my dream destination. That’s the Netherlands and so it’s time for me to learn dutch. Not because I have to, though, but because I want to.

Luckily, I’ve got the foundation as I know English and German, so most of the things In dutch are a combination of these two. It’s not unfamiliar to me at all and my brain won’t have a hard time learning it.

But there are some pretty smart ways and techniques that experts have found that can save us a ton of time and trouble. Most people don’t even give learning a second language a try because they are intimidated by how much effort it might take. But not if we hack the process.

So now I wanna explore some science-backed advice related to how our brain and memory work, so that we can make learning a new language super easy, and quite pleasant. And to also see progress soon as there’s no better motivation to keep it up.

Show Notes:

  • How learning just 300 words can be a game-changer [2:23]
  • What are cognates [6:21]
  • An example of using mnemonics to remember new words, the right gender, and their meaning [7:27]
  • What does it mean to immerse yourself in a new language [10:32]

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I shared 6 different practices and ways to hack learning a new language. Do this with desire and determination, and you’ll be amazed at the progress you make.

So, are you currently learning or want to start a new language?

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Why Top Executives Meditate (and Why Should You) 21

Why Top Executives Meditate (and Why Should You)

If you want to perform at a high level – whether in tennis, chess or at work – you either have to study how the masters in that field train and operate, or you need to be so stupendously talented that nobody is in a position to give you any advice at all.

For most of us, the latter doesn’t apply, so getting better is partly a question of emulating what we see those we admire doing. At the C level in top companies, this obviously includes things like actively networking, knowing as much as possible about your industry and training your subordinates.

A less visible habit is becoming more popular among top executives, though: meditation. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why some business superstars consider this a vital part of their daily routine:

Rebooting a Negative Mindset

When you have to deal with dozens of issues each day, it’s inevitable that you’ll have some successes and some failures.

The problem arises when our responses to setbacks start bleeding over into other matters. Meditation helps us to dispassionately examine our negative thoughts and get back on an even keel before the next meeting.

Most of us will have experienced days where we hit an upsetting snag first thing in the morning, after which nothing we try seems to go right. Rationally speaking, this can’t be because your horoscope says that your day will suck or accidents come in threes: the most likely explanation is simply that suffering a reverse conditions us to act in a way that doesn’t lead to success.

Remaining Objective

Although we’d like to deny it, our “rational” decisions are shaped at least as much by our emotions as by the relevant facts. This becomes even more true when we’re under pressure; anyone interested in how this works will find plenty of examples in Ben Horowitz’s book, “The Hard Thing About Hard Things.”

Simply put, when our emotions are engaged, we become less able to find creative solutions to problems, see the wood for the trees and tell our needs from our wants.

Meditating, even if only briefly, helps us separate fact from perception and feeling from thought, leading to better judgment and more a consistent management style.

Releasing Stress

Although closely related to the previous points, the negative impact of persistent stress on our health makes it worthwhile discussing this separately.

The roots of stress are many: frustration, anger, disappointment, anxiety. These feelings can’t really be avoided in a management position, so many executives turn to a therapist or therapy, exercise or uninterrupted time with their family for release.

These approaches are all effective, but meditation has the advantage that doing it regularly trains our minds to enter a “centered” state within a very short time of closing our eyes and stilling our thoughts.

Once the habit has been established, whenever things get to the point where our palms are sweaty and we feel the need to yell at the wallpaper, we need only take two or five minutes to get back to the “real” us. This ability is simply invaluable for anyone who has to be at their best all the time, which means that it’s great news that meditation can be learned by anyone.