Today I talk to Aaron Myers of The Everyday Language Learner, a blog dedicated to empowering regular people learn a new language.
Aaron has been called a ‘language learning guru’ by many. But what I found most impressive isn’t the guru part, but his attitude that anyone can succeed at language learning given the right approach and resources, a view that I passionately share.
Most of the learners on OpenLanguage are busy adults juggling work, life and learning. I asked Aaron for some practical methods, activities and tools that can help you make the most out of your learning.
A few key takeaways from the interview:
- Finding a learning path that suits you, your lifestyle and goals. At the risk of sounding like a life-coach, effective learning does start with knowing who you are and what you want.
- Knowing the key elements in learning a new language. You need input, study, review and practice to form the basis.
- The importance of natural, comprehensible input. If you are learning a language to communicate in real life, then expose yourself to real language, not vocab and grammar lists.
- Setting up anchor activities to make learning part of your daily routine.
- It’s extremely important to have fun with learning. Find resources and activities that will help you enjoy learning.
- Learn smaller chunks regularly rather than one big chunck infrequently.
- What to do when you hit a learning plateau: raise your language needs. We only learn a language to the level of our needs.
I hope you find these tips useful and applicable. Thoughts, comments welcomed!