Language learning habits are crucial for your success.
I know, sometimes life can get busy, and it may be hard to find time to learn a language. But you know, you don’t have to spend hours studying your coursebook.
The key to success is consistency.
Let me show you how you can integrate simple language learning habits that will help you achieve your goals!
Daily reading to improve your language learning
Reading in your target language is an amazing way to improve your skills.
It’s one of my favorite ways to work on my comprehension.
You can read whatever you like. What is important is that you read as often as possible, ideally every day.
It can be a blog post or an article that you read over your morning coffee. Or maybe a chapter of a book before going to sleep.
Find something that interests you. The more enjoyable the reading process is for you – the more you will learn.
Learn a language by listening to podcasts
Listening to podcasts in your target language is the best method of learning when you are busy.
If you’re like me, and you hate doing chores, you will like this idea! Trust me, the boring activity such as cleaning becomes way more interesting.
You can also listen to podcasts while you’re on your way to or from work, standing in the queue…
Basically, whenever you need to kill some time.
This way the time will pass much faster and productively. So it’s a win-win!
There is a lot of different podcasts available on the internet. No matter what you are interested in and how well you know that language – you will find something for yourself!
The power of reviews
One of the most important practices that you need to introduce into your daily life is reviewing what you’ve already learned.
If you have ever heard about the forgetting curve, you will know why reviews are crucial.
The best tools to review your newly learned vocabulary are SRS (Space Repetition System) based apps. I am using Anki and Memrise for that purpose.
The way SRS apps work is that they remind you of the word right before you forget it. Thanks to that, you will memorize it much better.
Journaling as a language learning method
Are you looking for a way to improve your writing skills? Journaling is perfect for that!
You can write about anything. Write about your interests, reflect on your day or set a plan – all in your target language.
It’s an amazing way to practice grammar and improve your vocabulary. Writing down your thoughts helps you express yourself in a more clear way, too.
Listen to music in your target language
Are you often listening to music on your way or while doing other activities? Why not listening to songs in the language you’re learning?
It’s a very fun way to learn new vocabulary and memorize grammar structures in practice. You can also improve your pronunciation by singing along to your favorite songs.
Go on and make a playlist on Spotify or YouTube and listen to it whenever you have a chance!
Watch Netflix and YouTube in your TL
What if I tell you, that you can binge-watch Netflix or YouTube without feeling like you’re wasting your time? Turn your weakness into your strength.
Next time when you go on Netflix or YouTube, decide to watch videos in your target language.
If your understanding of the language is already pretty good, try to use the subtitles in your TL, too instead of your native language.
Seeing and listening to the language at the same time strengthens the connection between writing and speaking skills.
Try to immerse yourself in the language
Take a moment and think about how you can introduce language immersion into your life.
Maybe you could change your phone/laptop interface to your TL? Use social media in the language you’re trying to learn?
Whenever you’re searching for something in Google – try to do it in that language.
Checking the weather forecast? Looking for a recipe? – Do it in your TL, too.
There are countless options to immerse yourself in a language without going abroad.
Try to be creative!
Talk to yourself!
Okay, I know this point can sound a bit weird. I mean, isn’t it strange to talk to yourself?
Well… not really.
What I mean by that is, try to think out loud in your TL. Describe what you’re doing at the moment. Make plans. You can even imagine having a conversation in that language.
Even if it seems a little awkward to you – give it a try. It really works!
It will make you get used to thinking in your target language and formulating your thoughts.
There are various language learning habits that you can integrate into your daily routine. Take a moment to think about the possible activities that you could try? Make a list of the ideas to practice your TL daily.
You don’t have to apply all of them to your life. Find something that works well for you.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.Jim Rohn
What language learning habits are present in your life?
Share your ideas in the comment down below! 🤗