One big problem for me when I first started studying a language was remembering to study. Since there wasn’t anyone making me study, it was easy to do other things and never get around to studying. Pretty soon the day was over.
One solution is to use a habit that you have to help you start your new habit. It’s usually a good idea try to do your new habit (language study) before your very old habit (in my case e-mail).
Do You New Habit Before Your Old One
I have had very good luck with studying a language before I look at e-mail.
If you have a strong habit of looking at e-mail every day, we can help you use that habit to study a language. We suggest that you start by signing up for our free e-mail reminders. We suggest only signing up for two reminders per week.
Use an Old Habit to Remind You of Your New Habit
We have programmed a
that will automatically remind you any day of the week that you want to be reminded. This is a free tool for everyone.
Wrap Your New Habit With Positive Emotions
When you write your subject line, choose something that will make you feel good. For example, “Study French for trip to Paris!” will probably make you feel a lot better than just “Study French”.
When you write your message to yourself, we also suggest something like, “Imagine how much more fun you will have on your trip to Paris if you can speak French.”
If you have someone that you love whom you want to speak to in French, write something like, “Learn French to talk with Babette.”
The better it makes you feel, the better it will work.
This is also a good place to put a link to a web site. For example if you want to study French on our site, put a link to http://learn-french.language101.com.