How to learn a foreign language. Part 3. How to find time for learning.
The next myth which holds back your studying is lack of time. The language learners usually complain that it is very difficult to find time for learning. To be honest, this is prejudice that you have no time for studying. I will teach you how to integrate learning a foreign language into your daily routine. In a minute, I will show you that you have enough spare time for learning Spanish, Italian, Chinese, German or another foreign language.
Thirst and foremost
The first thing, which you must remember, is constancy. You have to study every day. It is more useful to spend 15 minutes every day than two hours ones a week. This is a very important rule of the high efficiency of your brain.
Ok, let’s find the time. I have heard that the most useful time for learning something new is morning. To be more precisely the time from 5 am to 6 am. It is known, for instance, that Winston Churchill had been reading books for 15 minutes when he got up at 6 am. I suppose this is a good habit. As for me I create a habit to learn and revise new words in the morning. I am trying to say that you should try to do the most important things in the morning. However, it is not necessary. Learn your target language whenever you want.
Moreover, I hint at the first moment in your workday when you have time and opportunities to learn a foreign – when you wake up, I mean in your bed. There are no children yet near your bed, your husband/wife still sleeping. At this moment, you can revise your vocabulary. It takes 7-10 minutes. I repeat no news, TV series, music, newspapers, and magazines. Just revise your vocabulary or read a short article on your phone.
The road to the work
The second moment when you have time for learning is when you are going to your work. If you are getting at work in public transport, it will be easy to learn a foreign language. It is easier to listen to a podcast related to your hobby and interests. In addition, it is very useful to listen to or watch a video about grammar, etc. If you usually get at work by your car, it will be not a good idea to learn something while you are driving. Nevertheless, in big cities, there are many rush hours and this is a very good opportunity for learning your target language. In your car, you can do whatever you want: listen, read, write, and speak.
The third moment is being in a queue for something. You can use your phone at that moment and revise something. I want to add that your phone must become a helper for you in your education. Use it every spare time you have.
The fourth moment is your evening. Do not spend your time watching news (it is better for you to cut off watching TV at all), reading a newspaper, playing games. You can replace these activities for reading textbooks. Just do the exercise in your textbook or practice your grammar for 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can study a foreign language in class with your peers.
You are in bed. Just read an interesting novel according to your level of knowing your target language. Read without any dictionaries about 15 minutes. Sometimes reading can help you to fall asleep.
The main question
Of cause, you can find spare time! Whatever you do just ask yourself the next very simple question: “Does the activity I am doing now move me toward my goal?” Does watching TV advance your Spanish, French Chinese or German? Ask yourself! Write down this question on a paper sheet and hang on the wall. Therefore, make the note on your desktop and reply the question when you open the social networks