Seven Secrets to Permanent Language Learning
1. Study With Both Slow and Normal Speed Audio
Hearing the sounds of your new language can be difficult. Here’s why.
When you learned your first language, your brain built filters that automatically filter out sounds that aren’t in your native language.
These filters can make it easy to hear your name in a noisy room. Unfortunately, they also make it hard to distinguish new sounds when you are trying to learn Russian, or perhaps learn Spanish. Any language with sounds that are new to you will be hard at first.
Language101.com solves this problem by providing sound clips played at both slow and normal speeds.
Click this button to hear “How are you?” in French. Try saying the phrase aloud.
Did that seem too fast? Well, that is normal speed for Paris, but it may be too fast for you at first.
Here’s the same French phrase, much slower this time.
Isn’t that easier to hear?
All of the phrases and words on Language101.com are recorded this way. You can listen to the slow recordings and move on to the fast ones when you are ready.
Language101.com’s dual-speed system gives you the assistance and flexibility you need for successful language learning.
2. Learn Phrase by Phrase — Not Word by Word
Many foreign-language learning programs give beginners a list of simple words to memorize. This is boring and ineffective. Instead, start by learning complete, useful phrases like “What’s your name?” Language101.com programs let users select lessons at the right level of difficulty for them.
3. Review at Time Intervals That Increase
Fun fact: if you rapidly review a phrase one hundred times, your brain treats this as only one review! Don’t waste your time on that.
Fortunately, Language101.com programs prompt you to review a phrase periodically. The time intervals between reviews quickly grow from seconds to weeks and months. It’s a very efficient way to learn — and retain — a foreign language. You learn very quickly, and you waste no time reviewing what you already know.
4. Learn What You Love First
Choose a topic that you are passionate about. That’s what you should learn first in your new language! Why start with boring lessons when you could be learning how to talk about something that you love?
Language101.com programs let you select lessons in the order that is right for you. We can even customize lessons for you if your favorite topic is not already provided.
5. Don’t Study Grammar Unless You Love It
Face it, if you hated studying English grammar, you will probably hate studying Russian grammar, or French grammar, or German grammar, etc., etc. That’s why Langauge101.com programs instead focus on teaching you how to speak in complete sentences. However, grammar lovers will also enjoy Language101.com special packages, customized to suit your interests.
6. Act Like a Toddler (Sort of)
Two-year-olds aren’t embarrassed about their language mistakes, and you shouldn’t be either. Look for native speakers to try and talk to.
Learn to say something nice in your new language about the country that speaks it. For example, if you are learning French, learn to say, “I love France” in French.
After you say that, all of your language mistakes will be forgiven.
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Last Updated: August 27, 2012