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Learning a language takes time and effort. You can cut down on both by having the right strategies and tools at your disposal. That’s why I recommend investing time in learning how to learn before diving in to a new language on your own.
In all your years of schooling, you were likely never taught how to learn effectively and efficiently and you probably didn’t think too much of it. After all, school is compulsory to a certain level and you can easily get by just going through the motions. But when it comes to self-guided learning, going through the motions won’t get you very far. Especially with a subject as dense as another language, it’s easy to stagnate, get discouraged, or give up altogether.
According to Barbara Oakley, who is co-teaching one of world’s largest online classes entitled Learning How to Learn, “learning how to learn is the most powerful tool you can grasp.” In her TEDx talk, seen below, she outlines a few keys to learning effectively, including:
Naturally, there is far more to learn about learning than one brief TED Talk can provide. Below is recommended reading list, curated to help you improve various aspects of your language learning routine, from reading speed to recall:
If you have any resources, tips, or tricks you’d like to share, leave them in the comments. Let’s grow this list and build an army of efficient language learners!
(Note: I am not affiliated with Coursera , I discovered this course via renowned language learner Benny Lewis and thought it was well worth a share!)