Hello beautiful souls!
As I know that many of you who have subscribed to my Youtube channel are also language-lovers, today I wanted to share with you in writing some more of my best tips for language learning. If you needed a little guidance with your current studying process, I really hope that this post can help you in some way, and if you would like to learn even more, my ‘Study and Languages‘ playlist is always available for you on my channel too! 🙂
Here are some important tips that you can incorporate into your language learning practice every day to reach your goals. Always keep in mind that everything in life is neutral, until we give it meaning based on our own perception of reality! That means language learning is as ‘hard’ or as ‘easy’ as you make it, so when you change your mindset, you can change the way you approach anything in life, and come from a place of love.
- Separate your notebook into sections:
I highly recommend that when you learn a language, you keep a physical notebook where you can practice handwriting. Typing is of course great, but when you personally use your hands to write, your brain is much more likely to retain the information and learn faster. When it comes to notebooks, sometimes it can get a little messy if you don’t have some sort of structure going on inside, and becomes harder to find specific notes the more you fill up your notebook. What you can do is separate your notebook into sections, that way it will make language learning a lot easier when you want to refer back to your notes (because that’s the whole point of note taking, right?! 🙂 ). For example, in my Year 12 Indonesian notebook, I divided my book into quarters and made a section each for grammar, vocabulary, essay writing, and comprehension.
- Give yourself a break:
We are human beings after all, not human doings. I found during my language learning journey, that sometimes I just didn’t feel like studying or learning a specific language, and would start to feel annoyed and get frustrated at myself. Now I understand that quietening the mind is essential. The universe isn’t sending you ideas or energy of inspired action for a reason. We need time to rest and take a break every now and then from doing the things we are most immersed in, so our minds can have time to process it all and learn even better. Just like nature, we ebb and flow with the seasons, and there are times for hibernation as there are times for work. I promise, taking an intuitive, temporary break, will not mean you will forget everything. Quite the opposite actually! Take it easy, and allow yourself to flow.
One of the best ways to enhance the pace of learning a language is to journal. Just as you would in your native language, such as writing about your day, feelings, emotions, events, do it in the language you are learning too. You will quickly realise which areas you need improving on, and which areas you are really great at. It will make you learn new words every day, and really put into practice what you have been learning.
- Make it fun:
Life is about having fun just as it is about being kind, loving, and giving. Don’t take things so seriously, and enjoy the journey! If you don’t like writing out lists and lists of vocabulary, honour that, and know there are endless other ways to learn vocabulary. Your imagination is the limit! There is a divine reason why you don’t enjoy certain types of learning- and that is because it is not the most natural way that your mind best retains information. We all have a predominant type of learner within us, so if you are a visual learner, for example, you will probably enjoy learning languages through watching Youtube videos. If that’s the case, then do it! Have fun, lots of it 🙂
As I mentioned earlier, mindset is everything. I explained all about the importance and significance of saying positive affirmations in this video here, so each morning and before you begin language learning, you can repeat some empowering affirmations that will truly become your reality if you say them with loving intention. Some affirmations you can say are: “I love language learning with all of my heart and soul.” “Language learning comes easily to me.” “I am a great language learner.” “I am fluent in (language) and I love speaking it.”
If you would like to read and learn even more helpful tips for language learning, I have a whole dedicated section in my eBook ‘How To Learn Any Language‘, and the ‘How To Learn Any Language- Workbook‘ can guide you on your journey too.
I truly hope this post could benefit you in one way or another, and perhaps you can even apply some of these to other areas of your life too. Thank you for being here, keep shining your light, and always do what you are passionate about. Nothing can stop you 🙂
Sending my love,