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5 Essential Steps to Re-Learn a Language You’ve Forgotten

5 Essential Steps to Re-Learn a Language You’ve Forgotten
If you’ve forgotten a language you previously learned, don’t worry.

The good news is that chances are, your language is not one of the 14 languages that face extinction everyday.
By the year 2100, 50% of the languages we use today will disappear.

The better news is that with the right methodology, it’s possible to relearn a language you’ve forgotten in 21 days or less.

Whether you learned Spanish during your study abroad in South America, or went to Paris last year and picked up some Francais, a lot of the knowledge you’ve acquired should still remain in your long-term memory.

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    Psychologists have also stated that even after years without using the foreign language, it’s possible to learn a language again once you’ve forgotten it.

    The solution then, is to reactivate those unused memories stored in your brain in order to bring you back to the level you were, if not better!

    Day 1–7

    1. Assess where you are and plan

    With a strong plan and goal setting, you can reach your desired outcome in more effective and faster ways.

    The first step is to perform a self-analysis of where you are right now.

    Step I. Recall: Remember where you were with your language before you stopped practicing. Were you a beginner, intermediate, or advanced? Were your reading skills strong, but your speaking skills weak? Did you lack knowledge of grammar structure?

    Step II. Analysis: Now assess yourself in the 4 core uses of the language: (writing, reading, hearing, and speaking) by immersing yourself in the forgotten language in these respective mediums.

    • Writing: write a journal entry about your day
    • Reading: read a newspaper, book, or article
    • Hearing: listen to a podcast or movie
    • Speaking: reconnect with an old friend or work with your language coach

    Step III. Plan of focus: When you’ve finished your self-analysis, you’ll notice that you have better recognition of certain language components than others. Perhaps you have kept your ability to understand through reading, but your speaking skills have deterioriated.

    Now, you can focus your time, energy, and resources on improving the specific skillsets that you’ve forgotten the most, rather than spending your effort on skills that will only bring you 20% of the results you’re looking to achieve.

    2. Watch TV/Movies

    This may be one of the best, yet productive excuses to watch more TV.
    But there’s a catch: you need to watch it in your forgotten language.

    Free or premium platforms like Youtube or Netflix allow you to watch TV shows and movies in many of the popular languages you desire (just don’t expect to find the languages Yola or Avestan with ease).

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      Here’s a few recommended tips if you’re:

      • A beginner: Watch with foreign subtitles and native audio
      • An intermediate: Watch with native audio and foreign subtitles
      • An advanced-intermediate: Watch with foreign audio and no subtitles (or foreign subtitles)

      *These are just recommended guidelines. It’s better to push yourself to consume more foreign content than not. If you’re in doubt, go foreign.

      Day 8–14

      3. Take foreign immersion wherever you go

      By that we mean: listen to audio recordings in your foreign language as you commute, work and exercise.

      This can be in the form of a podcast show, radio, or a recorded audio tape.

      What’s great about audio is that you can do multiple things at once, and this form of relearning won’t interrupt your regular routines.

      Here are some recommended language content resources that are free (also great for learning a language for the first time):

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        4. Review using a phrasebook

        It’s not always so bad to mix in some traditional learning practices that you used when you first learned the language.
        You should also have an electronic dictionary that allows you to quickly search up forgotten vocabulary without much hassle.

        Here are some resources we recommend:

        Day 15–21

        5. Speak it till your jaw hurts

        There’s no faster way to improve than forcing yourself to speak the forgotten language, especially in front of native speakers.

        It’ll feel uncomfortable and you’ll make mistakes, no doubt about it.

        With that said, it’s recommended you speak with a native speaker who is patient, can provide you professional feedback, and most importantly — make you feel comfortable.

        Finding a language partner would be the next alternative, but read about the potential downsides of conversation exchange when you learn a language before diving in.

        Here’s some places you could find a partner:


        We may have simplified the process of remembering your forgotten language, but know that it’s going to come with mountains of mistakes, hardship, and struggle.

        Don’t let that discourage you from getting started. It’s better to prepared for the path ahead than be struck with frustration.

        You’ve already done the hard work by learning the language in the first place.

        Now it’s your chance to reward yourself by reviving what you’ve already learned.

        Over to you

        Which foreign language have you previously learned but forgotten?
        Will you be implementing each of the steps we outlined to learn a language you’ve forgotten?
        If not, which ones were your favorite? We’d love to hear from you below!

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        Sean is the founder and CEO of Rype, a language learning app. He's an entrepreneur and blogger.

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        10 Smart Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

        10 Smart Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

        Productivity is the ability to perform tasks efficiently and in a timely manner. In today’s busy and competitive business world, productivity is paramount for any business, organization or corporation.

        Productivity is more than just performing tasks successfully. It is about investing and allocating resources, so the company or business can perform to meet its core goals.

        As part of 2019, it is important to commit to new goals. When shopping around for new productivity software keep in mind the following things: cost, reliability, cross-platform compatibility, on the go, technical support, etc.

        In the subsequent sections, we will examine the most recommended productivity software in the marketplace. In addition, we will look at what makes them tick and what separates them from the rest of the pack.

        Projects and Tasks Management

        1. Monday dot com

          Monday dot com was founded to create a team management solution so people connect to workplace processes across any industry. The productivity tool is used in more than 140 countries.

          The user interface is intuitive and impressive. It makes collaboration productive and fun because of its simplicity.

          The tool is deemed to have one of the best user experiences across the mobile and online project and task management platform.

          The product includes usability, customization, admin control, group management and control, private or public control, in-group messaging and more.

          Check out the software here!

          2. Asana

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            The mantra behind Asana’s product is to enable teams from across different organizations to work together effortlessly.

            The software comes with lots of customizations. When you create a project as a user, you can choose between a traditional task view and the kanban-style board view. The dashboard allows you to see the progress on a project, and it includes an excellent advanced set of search tools.

            Also, Asana’s Android and iOS apps do retain the web interface’s clean look and feel.

            Check out the software here!

            3. Trello

              Trello was founded in the summer of 2010 and two years later the platform added 500,000 members. Anyone within sales, marketing, HR and operations can collaborate successfully with this product.

              Moreover, the tool has over 100 plus integrations with Google Drive, Slack, Jira and others. The product works flawlessly across various platforms.

              Some of the well-known features includes is speed, easy-to-use, and set up. The interface includes due dates, assignments, file storage, checklists and more.

              Check out the software here!

              4. Jira

                The Jira software is flexible and heralded as the next-generation project.

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                The software allows teams to design and adapt the software to an organization’s needs. This includes having visibility into long term goals, project roadmaps, status of work, real-time release information and more. In addition, the interface is customizable.

                The Atlassian Cloud does not support multiple separate domains, subdomains or domain aliases in Google Apps.

                Check out the software here!

                5. Evernote Business

                  Evernote was founded in 2008 and reached 11 million users by 2011. The company was founded on the premise that their product should address the ever-increasing volume and speed of information.

                  The product helps bring together groups of teams because of versatility and functionality. It creates documents, collaboration on projects, store information all a single location.

                  Moreover, you can find information quickly and includes effective search capabilities and integrations with existing tools you may already use.

                  Check out the software here!

                  Communication

                  6. Slack

                    Slack was founded in 2013 and the tool is heralded as a collaboration hub. Slack is where productivity happens. When you start a new project, hire new staff, deploy a code, review a sales contract, finalize on a budget, Slack covers all of these. Some of the major highlights include highly customizable notifications and seamless integrations with other collaboration and office tools. The free version of the software comes loaded with features, but does not archive old message. So, you have to review what are the best options for your organization or business.

                    Check out the software here!

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                    7. Spike

                      Newcomer Spike makes emails more conversational by helping teams maintain productivity, communication, and collaboration. All of these are achieved from within their inbox.

                      Spike works on top of any existing email (O365, G suite, and IMAP) turning it into a real-time messenger and making your communication much more functional and efficient.

                      Spike’s features include built-in groups and channels, voice and video calls, email encryption, instant access to all your files, and much more.

                      Check out the software here!

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                      8. Office 365

                        Microsoft’s Office 365 could not be excluded from the conversation and especially as it pertains to productivity software.

                        Of course we are all familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. But there is more capabilities that come with it.

                        You have business-class email, online storage space, and teamwork solutions. These services can be accessed from just about anywhere.

                        Within this suite is Microsoft Sway, which is a presentation software and a step above PowerPoint.

                        Check out the software here!

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                        9. Grammarly

                          Grammarly helps to cut down time on editing. Professionals in several industries like law, healthcare, academia, marketing, engineering and journalism use it to provide instant feedback on the accuracy of writing in English.

                          Once you install the extension from Google Chrome, you can get corrections when you are drafting an email, using social media and other apps.

                          Grammarly is AI powered and it’s a wonderful tool to have to check spelling and grammar before a presentation.

                          Check out the software here!

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                          10. ActivTrak

                            ActivTrak is a business intelligence tool that allows you to access team behavior analytics. In other words, it is data-driven.

                            The pros include two-factor authentication with active directory integration. You can also automate your alerts and it has an intuitive interface with easy-to-use admin controls.

                            Furthermore, it comes with Google sign-in, iOS app, productivity track, and more. The bottomline is the product offers employee productivity metrics along with team behavior analytics.

                            Check out the software here!

                            The Bottom Line

                            Depending on the size, budget, resources, and immediate needs of your company, not all productivity software will exactly solve your problem. You will have to contact any of the providers above and probe extensively to find the right product that is made for your business.

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