Σάββατο, 17 Νοεμβρίου 2012

Fitting Language Learning Into Your Everyday Routine, No Matter How Busy You Are!

If you’re not enrolled in a program or class, it can be really hard to find enough time to devote to language learning. Between work, kids and Pinterest you barely have time to sleep! If this sounds like you, then you’re in luck (and out of excuses) because we’ve found some great and effective ways to work language learning into your everyday routine. It’s as easy as taking a shower or surfing the web!

No matter how you do it, just make sure to expose yourself to your new language daily. Whether it’s by doing your homework, learning a song, reading an article or listening to a podcast, remember that the more you’re exposed to your new language, the more you’re going to learn and the closer you’ll be to fluency!



In the Shower and While You’re Driving

Everyone loves singing in the shower, right? So why not learn some songs in your new language to add into your bath time repertoire? Learning songs is a great way to expand your vocabulary and pick up on sentence structure. And since you’re going to be belting something in the shower anyway, why not make it something that will help you learn?!

If you’re a little bashful about singing or have roommates, language learning podcasts are great to listen to in the morning while you’re showering and getting ready. Have a long drive to and from work? Podcasts are also great for your commute – just pop one on and before long you’ll be hoping for more traffic so you can keep the learning going.

At Lunch

Lunch time’s also a great time to squeeze in 15-30 minutes of podcasts, flash card reviews or some light reading from a book or article in your new language. Or if you’re like us, you can play around with language learning apps for some fun learning. So instead of spending your lunch break getting depressed that you still have half of the day left, take your mind off things with some language learning.

Surfing the Web

Another cool way to sneak in some language learning is through Google’s Language Immersion Extension for Chrome. When it’s enabled, select words and phrases on the sites you’re browsing will appear in the language of your choice. It’s a great way to simulate immersion and if you get stumped, you can simply click on the text to see its meaning. This extension is a great way to improve your reading skills and if you’re going to be online anyway, why not use it as an opportunity to learn?!

During Movie Night

A final easy way to work learning into your routine is by adding foreign films to your movie nights. Watch a movie in your new language with subtitles on or if you’re feeling good, leave the subtitles off! It might be a little difficult to follow at first, but stick with it and you’ll be picking up the conversations in no time. Hearing your new language spoken by natives will do wonders for your conversation skills!

No matter how you do it, just make sure to expose yourself to your new language daily. Whether it’s by doing your homework, learning a song, reading an article or listening to a podcast, remember that the more you’re exposed to your new language, the more you’re going to learn and the closer you’ll be to fluency!

If you have other learning methods that you’ve worked into your routine, we’d love to hear about them in the comments section!

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