Are you too busy to learn a language? Do you always find it hard to make time to study?
In this video I'm going to lift the lid on a typical day, and let you look over my shoulder as I study languages in all kinds of different places over the course of 24 hours.
There are eight “techniques” in the video. The point here is not to show you any groundbreaking new language learning techniques – in fact you'll notice that all of these are pretty simple!
The point is to demonstrate just what's possible if you use a variety of techniques and mediums.
If you're busy (and who isn't!), you probably find it hard to sit down and study for a whole hour in the evening.
Studying regularly throughout the day is the solution for this. Use the 5, 10 or 15-minute blocks that inevitably crop up during the course of a day to get a short “language fix”!
15 minutes might not sound like a lot, but they really start to add up over the course of a week, month and year. Also, many language learners find that studying regularly is more effective than studying in a single block, because your brain gets used to jumping back into gear at short notice!
How to learn a language when you're too busy
Techniques and resources mentioned in this video:
1. Listening to music
2. Flashcard apps
3. Listening to dialogues
- Only need yourself!
5. Instant messaging
6. Speaking sessions with a tutor or language partner
7. Foreign language TV!
8. Language videos
So, which of these ideas can you take and fit into your routine?
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