Tips to learn a new language online (part 2)

Here is the second installment of our blog series on language learning tips.

2. Set aside some time each day for your language learning and see how quickly you can progress.

We all know that learning a language can seem like an epic task. Most language learners study their language in one or two hour blocks a few times a week. While at times this can be effective, a more effective and accessible way is to set aside 30 minutes each day to dedicate to your language learning.Regular exposure to the language is vital. The average person learning a language by self-study will benefit the most from 30 minutes of study per day, at least five to six days a week.

That said, studies also show that 30 minutes is about the maximum time most people can focus on learning tasks without taking a break.

You can do this by making a realistic lesson plan for yourself, trying to include some if not all of the of the language learning skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening in some form. busuu.com’s methodology embraces all of these skills and allows you to incorporate each one into a readymade study plan in the form of our learning material. So why not use the busuu.com learning material, which conveniently takes about 30 minutes to complete, and see how your level will increase in no time at all!


4 thoughts on “Tips to learn a new language online (part 2)

  1. OuterSpanish

    I have to agree. As a Spanish tutor and language learner, what I advocate (and practice myself) is to immerse yourself in the language that you are studying at least 5-10 minutes per day. As noted in this blog entry, 30 minutes, more or less, would be ideal, but that’s not always possible. The best thing you can do when you cannot sit down and actually study grammar or another aspect of the languages is to just listen to a podcast in the native language your are studying or go to BBC.com and listen to the news in the language you are studying. For example, BBC Mundo offers 15-minute news from around the world summaries in daily podcasts. Anyhow, five minutes a day is much better than a single 3-hour chunk once per week.

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  3. Jack Askew

    I am an English tutor and after teaching company classes I realized that it isn’t easy for some of students to find 30 minutes a day. It is possible in most schedules but with some students something has to be given up. Students who have busy schedules and lots of commitments find that having some listening resource in their car is one of the best ways to fit in some language learning. The morning commute changes dramatically if you are immersing yourself in a new language.

  4. bernhard Post author

    @OuterSpanish – yes, absolutely agreed as well. Obviously 30 minutes would be perfect but sometimes you simply don´t have that time. Did you have a look on our video lessons? There we have streaming news from sources like CNN for example and you can have your comments being corrected by native speakers of the community (premium function). Anyway, bbc.com is definitely a good source to have a look at!

    @Jack Askew – absolutely – did you try out our podcasts? They are very short (5 min) and ideal for just immersing in the new language. We are working as well on an iphone application which could be the perfect learning tool while you are commuting.

    Thanks for your comments!

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