Do You Have the Time to Learn?

Just like you can't eat an entire meal in one bite, learning a language must be studied a little at a time. So try not to let the app or language course force you into the mindset of having to study for hours. It is more effective to study 20-30 minutes each day rather than studying 3-4 hours in one day per week. If can't do every day, then plan 2-3 times a week to keep a regular study routine going. If possible, try making it roughly the same time each day (when you get up, at lunchtime, when you go to bed). This gets you into the habit of studying regularly. And always refresh your memory when you have a few minutes to spare.

Busy Schedule?

Maybe you won't have time to learn a new language. You have to work, or you have to go to school. Maybe the kids take too much of your time. I understand since I had little time when I was learning a language. It took me a little while to look for time to learn - and I don't mean shuffling around my work and school schedules, but there is a lot of wasted time that I found useful for learning.

Driving is a big time waster. You're driving to work, you're driving home from work, you're going to the store, waiting for a train to pass by, stuck in traffic. During these times, you can review past lessons by listening to a CD or MP3 player. Listen to a podcast or music in your new language. All I ask is that you practice safe driving first.

Other times you can do some review is while waiting in line at the grocery store, the motor vehicle office, doctor's office or the bus stop, anywhere you have to wait for someone or something. Carry your notebook with you and review some points of the lesson you're learning or those from past lessons. Listen to the audio files on your MP3 player or look at your flashcards. This helps keep your mind fresh with the materials you're learning.

The Best Time To Review?

A good time for review is when you're just about going to bed. You brushed your teeth, you put on your pajamas and you're in bed. Take this time to look over your lesson or your notebook, and go through it from beginning to end without learning anything. Just read it through slowly and carefully. Then during the night, your brain will sort out this information and put it into your permanent memory. When you get up the next day, you'll find that not only do you remember quite a bit more material, but you will also understand the lesson better when you review it.

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