Welcome to your mid-month motivation! In this email...
A quick announcement
How to learn vocabulary through reading and writing
What to do when you're stuck in a language rut
Enjoy the rest of your month! 👋🏻
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Stuck in a language rut? Try these 4 steps
Be mindful of where you are now
Do some introspection to figure out why you're feeling stuck. Write a list of potential reasons. Maybe your tutor isn't right for you, maybe you're overloaded with tasks, or maybe you just need a break from the language. Figure out what's the issue first.
Re evaluate your goals
You may need a goal reset. It's OK to be agile and change things up in the middle of the year! You don't need processes, goals and schedules set in stone. Learn more about how to do that here, or watch my video about goal setting mistakes here.
Change your environment
After the pandemic (are we still in it? either way...) I'm starved for human interaction and group classes. I am considering signing up to the Alliance Française to take in-person French lessons just to get my motivation up and make more friends. Maybe there's an IRL or online language group you can join, too?
Change your resources
Don't be set on your original resources if you're bored of them now. Rather try something new than stick to something that isn't working. Check out my lists of recommended textbooks or recommended language resources for some inspiration.
Something to think about 🤓
Studying for 20 minutes each day is better than 10 hours on a weekend. Consistency and small steps make progress. What do you think?
Learning vocabulary through reading and writing: no textbook needed!
🤓I always suggest that reading and writing is a helpful way to learn new vocabulary. The more of times you're exposed to a new word, the better you'll remember it. The other day, I wanted to write about my mom's stamp collection in Hungarian. I didn't know the word "collect" and looked it up on an online dictionary.
📝Just 20 minutes later, I read an article about UX design. Then I saw the same word being used in the context of "collecting information". I immediately recognized the word because it was in my short term memory - and now that I saw it twice in two different contexts, I can connect various meanings to the new word I learnt.
🤠Now I am sure I won't forget the word because I saw it a few times and my brain made the association that this is an important, frequently used word. I didn't even need to use an app or a textbook to learn it - just my own writing prompt and a simple article I was reading online.
🎥I have a YouTube video about how I write in a foreign language and why writing is so useful for learning new words, even as a beginner. Check it here. In the video, I go into detail about my process of looking up and learning new vocabulary through writing.
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