3 headed monster of language learning
In this post I’ll talk about the 3 big areas of learning that need to come together for someone to become truly fluent.
You need to have a basic understanding of the grammatical structure of the language you are learning. I usually build a custom overview of verbs, past tenses, subjunctive etc in Excel to always have language specific irregularities right in front of me and I can begin to see patterns. I will post this structured process in another blog post soon.
Besides basic grammar you will need repetition of vocabulary. Many resources are available to do this as well. Duolingo and Memrise are good examples of such apps where gamified repetition such as flash cards is used to practice gaining vocabulary. In the past I turned to television to build vocabulary but you need a relatively solid level if this content comes unassisted with tools to help you beyond basic subtitles. wiwildo is here to help you with exactly that.
The third area is actively using you grammar and vocabulary in real conversations. This is where many fail because it requires you to leave your comfort zone and get confronted with the often large gap between your passive and active vocabulary. Platforms like Verbling is a great place to find a tutor who can assist you in this process.
When you immerse yourself into language learning then think about how much time you spend on active vs passive learning. If you approach becomes too skewed to one side you will not yield the proper results if fluency is your goal.
Being conscious about these 3 so called “monster heads” will make your path to becoming fluent easier and you will be able to apply the needed apps that can help you reach these goals. The order is not as important as you would think. If you apply all 3 at the same time and dedicate a good +2 hours per day I would call this immersion and that is the fastest way to get fluent.
wiwildo is a platform that can be used both actively and passively. Learnings can be gained from the enjoyment of the quality video content. The interactive features can be selected by the user to secure a gamified and active approach.
You can apply all 3 aspects wrapped in the methodology is Kaizen Theory where small daily incremental learnings will eventually lead to success. I will write a blog on this subject very soon.