Interview With Aaron Myers: How To Succeed As An Everyday Language Learner

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!

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