This time, our “JIT.Academy – your online educational platform” will tell you how to integrate foreign language learning into our everyday life.
Yes, depending on the goal of language learning, we determine the time we will devote to learning. It can vary from even 5 minutes to several hours. We will study both when there is free time and when there is none – that is, actively and passively.
So, immediately after waking up, you can repeat the words learned the day before with the help of flash cards. Then, preparing for work/study, we turn on a series, movie or entertaining (educational) video in a foreign language in the background and subconsciously “absorb” the language. In addition, on the Internet you can find TV channels or radio stations in the language we are learning. You may not understand a good half of what you hear at first, but it is important to make such “listening” a daily habit and progress won’t take long.
Another option is podcasts and audio books in the original, which are convenient to listen to even on the way to work. You can also read books or repeat words in public transport.
At work, if possible, install electronic flash cards on your computer and review them periodically. If you spend most of your working hours outside the office, headphones will come in handy again.
In the evening, your choice is a “speaking club” or watching a movie with subtitles in the cinema. Another idea is to find a “conversation friend” and just talk to them in a foreign language on a walk or over coffee (the same “speaking-club” in a mini format, this will especially suit introverts).
We choose the evening ritual at home to match our own taste – we learn words, read, watch movies or television, sing. You can also review everything you learned during the day.
Let’s not forget about grammar – look for exercises, preferably with keys, to know whether you have learned the material correctly. If you want to develop your spoken language more, find a friend on foreign language learning sites and communicate with them via Skype or Facebook.
You can approach the matter from the practical side – register on portals of free online courses, choose a course on a topic that interests you – and proceed. Often, educational videos come with subtitles, which make learning easier.
It is important to find your own rhythm, be systematic and not be lazy. And it is extremely important not to overload yourself. Learn with pleasure!