1. Double Up With Exercise
A recent study found that studying a foreign language while exercising can boost your comprehension, as well as your retention of knowledge.This is truly a case of killing two birds with one stone.
2. Be Deliberate With Your Timing
It’s far more effective to practice for 15 minutes a day, every day, than it is to practice for five hours once a week.Spaced repetition is a learning technique that’s been in favor for decades, and it’s been studied and shown to be more efficient than rote repetition.Spaced repetition works because the brain tends to reinforce memories of things it encounters frequently.
3. 360-Degree Immersion
You can change the display language on your computer or phone, watch foreign-language movies and shows, visit websites in your target language.You can also listen to foreign-language podcasts or cover your entire house with post-it notes in your new language.
4. Make It Personal
For the most bang for your buck, you’ll want to start by memorizing the most commonly used words in your new language.Beyond that, you might be better off memorizing vocabulary that pertains to your interests. Not only are you more likely to remember it — but you’re also more likely to use it and talk about it. You can also create neural connections between topics that interest you and the language you’re learning.
5. Contextualize It
You go further together than you do alone. That’s not just our way of encouraging you to find a study partner, it’s also about creating a larger framework for your learning. Words you learn on their own are easy to forget, but if you study a group of them concurrently in the context of a sentence, you have a much greater ability to grasp the interconnectedness of the language.
6. Deconstruct It
you can deconstruct a language using six simple key phrases that reveal how verbs are conjugated based on the speaker, the treatment of direct and indirect objects, fundamental sentence structures, noun cases and more.