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Get started and don't quit

LearningPosted by Louise Sand Fri, October 24, 2014 16:38:43

Here's an advice: Get started! No reason to wait for class to begin. In fact, you don't even need a teacher. What you really need is you. Plus a few guidelines and a whole lot of persistence! So the great secret behind successful language learning is pretty simple, and it goes like this: Get started and don't quit. Here's what I mean:

"Persistence isn't using the same tactics over and over. That's just boring. Persistence is having the same goal over and over."

Marketing guru Seth Godin said this. And I'll be surprised if he wasn't talking about learning Danish. My advice to you is to do something every day in order to learn Danish. And don't make it a punishment. It should be fun. For instance if you like watching football make sure to watch with Danish speakers commenting thegame. At you can listen to Danish radio. You can turn it on when you are are doing less demaning work at you computer or when you play computer games, if you do that. Long term passive input works. You wont understand much in the beginning. But the brain stores it somewhere and eventually the strange noises turn into words. That's how it works for children who are learning their first language!

But off course, you are not a child. And you have many competencies that a child doest not have. So you can use LOTS of different learning strategies at the same time. And it's good to experiment. Personally I am always inventing new study methods. Otherwise I get bored. And if I get bored, I stop studying. So the point is to enjoy learning your target language. Turn it into a game. A game you win every day, every time you study, listen or even think about Danish.

Your key to success: SRS
I am going to suggest one particular activity, that is VERY useful for learing, storing and remembering what you learn. If you want to OWN it, then this is a good way: SRS is short for Spaced Repetition Systems. You can increase your brains capacity for storing vocabulary, sentences etc. by several 100% using SRS.This has been scientifically proved. Here is a short video that explains how and why.

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