Lesson Transcript

If you wanted to learn a language even just 25 years ago, you would have needed to go to a library, take in-person classes, and dig for the right resources. Before you could even begin regular practice sessions, you had to find the tools you needed to learn.
Now, with just a quick Google search, you can find literally anything you need to learn a language online. If you forget how to conjugate a verb, you can refresh your memory right away on Wikipedia. If you want to watch a foreign language movie with subtitles, you can search for one on YouTube. You can even have one-on-one lessons with native speakers of the language you're studying. Tons of platforms offer video and audio lessons. These days, the challenge is finding the resources that are right for you.
In this video, we're going to take a look at how you can get the most out of our language learning resources.
Number 1: Aim for 1 podcast a day.
At the beginning of your studies, it's easy to set a big target like "2 hours of language practice every day." But for most of us, that's not realistic. After a long day of work or school, it's difficult to commit to more hours studying language.
Instead, you can make your goal to do small things consistently. This can help you move forward--sometimes almost without you noticing it.
Try to listen to 1 podcast every day. They’re only 10-15 minutes, so everyone can make time for that. You can review previous podcast lessons or listen to new lessons; just make sure you get in one each day.
Number 2: Use the lesson review tools
If you want to maximize your learning after you listen to a podcast, make sure to use the lesson review tools.
Reviewing what you've learned is an important part of learning anything. The more you see or practice a specific word or phrase, the better you'll remember it.
Number 3: Review the 2000 most common words in spaced repetition flashcards
In each language, there are some words that make up the majority of written and spoken conversation. You can use this knowledge to focus your studies. If you learn the 2000 most common words in the language you're studying, you'll have a great foundation.
The vocabulary lists in our program are a great tool for this. You'll get example phrases with the target words. You can listen to the correct pronunciation and intonation of each word. Use these lists along with a spaced repetition program and create your own flashcard deck. This is a great thing to have on your phone. You can study vocabulary on your commute, when waiting for someone, or while traveling.
Number 4: Make use of short periods of time.
How much time do you spend every week doing things like commuting, shopping for groceries, walking, or cleaning?
Probably more than a couple of hours, right?
These are examples of time you can be using to build your language skills. You can use it to listen to language podcasts. And you can do this without specifically scheduling a time to practice.
If you have all the resources you need wherever you are, you can use every opportunity you have to practice. You can download all of our lessons to your phone. Each season of podcasts will be stored as an album, so it’s easy to put on your headphones and listen to a quick lesson whenever you’ve got the time.
Number 5: Have the right expectations.
It's easy to find all sorts of so-called "quick" language learning systems and "secret tricks" that promise fluency in just a couple of months, or even weeks. While you might find some good tips now and then, most of these claims are not based in reality.
Make sure you don't measure your own progress against these impossible standards. If you've been told you can completely master a new language in three months, but by the end of your studies, you've made just a little bit of progress, it can be demotivating. Fluency in a language can take years to attain (and getting the confidence to use that language can take more time). Set small goals for yourself when you're learning. When you achieve them, celebrate!
Learning a new language is not a short-term journey, but with our resources, you can see improvements every day.
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