We already talked about how difficult it is to learn a foreign language in a previous post. If you missed it, check out out here. But here is a quick summary: to become fluent in a foreign language is different than learning how to do math or science, you have to force your brain to think in a different language. That means stop translating. It’s a marathon that never really ends.
“Muscle” memory instead of “grammar rules”
It’s not an easy task, first you need to realize it’s not possible to learn a language through proficiency in the grammar rules, knowing rules doesn’t help you stop your brain from translating. If you ask me, knowing rules actually makes your brain think more about what you say, further delaying the response time. In our opinion, learning a foreign language is creating a habit. It’s like working out, developing a muscle memory after some time you body can’t wait to work out.
Learn what is interesting to you
We all have a tendency to like doing things that we are good at. As Rafael Nadal once said when asked about why he is so good during the clutch moments: being in those moments again and again makes you get used to the pressure and you become good at it. Another example is public speaking, the first time you go on stage you are terrified, but the more you do it, the better you become at it and all of the sudden you like it. It’s the same with learning a foreign language. If you learn the part of the language that is most interesting to you, you will learn faster. It will give you the ultimate pleasure.
It’s hard to learn half a million words in English language. You need to limit the vocabulary that you need to know just to what is interesting to you. Instead of learning irrelevant vocabulary from some boring English textbook, you need to use your brain to identify what you don’t yet know and what you desperately want to learn. So, how do you do that with our method?
- You choose the topic you want to speak about, literally our teachers will ask you what would you like to talk about? Don’t worry, with time your teacher will get a sense what interests you and what doesn’t and will stop asking that question.
- During the lesson the teacher will transcribe what you are saying and together you will make the corrections as in the following example:
People hate doing homework
Doing homework is boring, grammar exercises that cover rules that you will never use in a day-to-day life. Learning vocabulary that has nothing to do with your interests. Okay, the words dog and horse are important, but how often do you use them on a daily basis? Wouldn’t it be more important to know the words: accrual method of accounting if you are an accountant or inbound marketing if you are a marketing expert, or maybe talk about snowboarding if you are heading for a winter vacation in Colorado? The mistakes and new words that were added by your teacher become your homework. Our platform takes them, adds a little gamification and spits it out in a personalized content. It looks something like this: