“I have all the time in the world to do everything I want!” said no one, ever.
Let’s face it: we all struggle to find some spare hours to dedicate to ourselves and to the activities we truly love.
If you’re trying to learn a language, though, the more interaction you have with it, the better.
So, instead of thinking about how much time you don’t have, think about the time that you’re wasting.
Yes, you didn’t misread. Have you got an idea of how much dead time you have in a day?
Driving, for example, is a big time waster. If you’re a commuter, then you wait for the bus/metro/train to arrive and you wait in it while going to work/school or home.
You even wait when you have an appointment with your doctor or dentist. And you’re probably busy with your daily tasks, like washing the dishes or cleaning your room.
Have you ever thought about it? You can use those minutes or hours of dead time to practice your language!
Develop good habits.
Language learning has to become a part of everyday life if you want to succeed.
Remember: it’s better to study for 15 minutes daily, than studying for 3 hours twice a week. Follow the three steps below to develop some good habits:
- Form a language-learning routine you’ll actually stick with.
- Remove the distractions that are keeping you from practicing (checking the emails too frequently, checking your mobile phone every 5 minutes, etc).
- Answer this question: What are you currently doing in your native tongue that could be done in the one you want to learn?
Let’s say you’re learning Italian. Here are some suggestions:
- Wherever you have the chance to listen to the language, do it.
- Listen to the radio when you’re taking care of your room or your house.
- Take your iPod or mobile phone filled with podcasts or music everywhere (at the gym, at the grocery store, etc).
- Take your language journal everywhere.
- If you can’t miss your favorite TV show, go ahead and watch it, dubbed in Italian.
- If you love reading books or blogs, find Italian ones.
- Download some cool apps that you can use anytime you have to wait for someone or something.
There are no doubts: the more time you put in, the more successful you will be in your language journey.
As William Penn said: “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst”.
Use your time wisely.
I really want to know your opinion about this topic. How do you manage to find the time to learn something new everyday? Let us know in the comments!