Our Tips And Tricks For Language Learning
1.Learning on the go
With only 15 minutes to study each day, I was eager to ask Karoline for any tips she could give me to best use my time. “If you take a moment to determine where you have more time and where you have less time, you can choose your lesson accordingly. At Babbel, we’ve designed our lessons so that they fit perfectly into those times when you’re waiting or commuting.” Many users (including lots of employees here at Babbel) use the app while on public transportation, especially on their way to work. It’s the perfect use of an otherwise boring stretch of time.
2.Find the right learning pattern for you
Karoline noted that learners can adapt their studying to their personality type. “There are two types of language learners: those who like routines and those who don’t. The ones who like routines can make up their own schedule, like two sets of repetition and one new lesson, and they stick to it. Then there are ones that don’t like routines. It’s no problem, they just don’t do the same thing every day.” She suggested that these types of people can choose to dedicate some days to only repetition (which isn’t a lost day, because you didn’t forget anything!), and other days to just new lessons, or whatever ratio they prefer.
3.Build confidence through practice
She also recommended that one day per week should focus on applying the language to real life:
“If there’s a Spanish restaurant in your city, why not greet them with ‘Hola!‘ or try ordering in Spanish? If that’s unavailable where you live, the internet still provides a lot of places to read the language, or listen to a podcast, or to find an online community where you can communicate with others. To apply is the best way to really get the information into long-term memory.”
If you plan on using the language in real life (which is the goal, isn’t it?), then you should actually put it to use.
- Make a habit of daily learning
As for Karoline’s final tip: “The most important thing is to do something every day. Even if it’s just 10 minutes, it’s better than nothing because you made connections.” While spending a full 15 minutes on lessons and taking time to review should be the goal for language learning, the key to proficiency in another language is daily practice. With this consistency, you’ll be speaking a new language in no time.