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5 Best Ways For Busy People ‘On-The-Go’ to Learn a Language

5 Best Ways For Busy People ‘On-The-Go’ to Learn a Language

Feel like you’re “too busy’ to learn a language? Think again.

All of us have the same 24 hours in the day, but how is it that some of us get 2-5x more done than others?

For most people, it means sacrificing quality of life, sleep, and relationships to get everything done. For others, it’s taking advantage of productivity hacks to help them get more done in less time.

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

This is what prevents most of us from learning a new skill. We’re led to believe that we have to sacrifice something important to us in order to gain something of value, like learning a new language. But that’s usually not the case.

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For people ‘on-the-go’ reading this, we’ve compiled a list of language learning websites specifically built for busy people like you. Before we share the list, we should first define what it means for a resource to be considered ‘on-the-go’ (if you want to skip this section, just scroll down to the lists.

a. Online learning experience (Anywhere you want)

b. 30 minutes or less per session (Everyone has 30 minutes to spare!)

c. Ability to learn when you’re free (Anytime you want)

Now that we’ve defined what we mean by on-the-go, let’s get on to the list! We hope you enjoy and share it out with a friend or two!

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1. Mobile apps

Recommended: Duolingo
Time required: 15-20 minutes/day

Mobile language apps are one of the easiest (and most popular) ways to develop your language skills on-the-go. You can learn new vocabulary and grammar at a time of your convenience, or when you’re waiting in line, etc. There are several limits to this approach, as you can’t learn how to speak your target language with tools like Duolingo, but it’s a great starter for beginners.

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    2. Conversation exchanges

    Recommended: Interpals

    Conversation exchanges is an easy way to meet like-minded people that are also learning a new language. Sometimes it can just be someone who’s learning the same language as you, and finding an accountability partner. Other times, you could find someone who’s fluent in your target language that can help you out.

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      3. Language tutoring websites

      Recommended: Rype

      Language tutoring websites like Rype allow you to connect with handpicked professional language teachers to receive live 1-on-1 lessons. It’s like having your own private in-person tutor, but having the ability to learn at comforts of your own home, when you’re available, and the opportunity to meet with multiple native speakers around the world. Learn more here.

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        4. Podcasts

        Recommended: LanguagePod101

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        Podcasts are the rage today. For a good reason too. It allows you to listen to it when you’re waiting in traffic, on the train, or just walking to meet your friends. More specifically, language podcasts are perfect for anyone who’s living on-the-go. While languagepod101 is a premium service, you can also find many free podcasts that focus on specific languages for you to learn from. Check out the complete listing of free language podcasts.

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          5. Free Newsletters

          Recommended: Learn a Language Challenge (1,000 words in 100 days)

          If you’d rather have your education delivered to your inbox, this may be the route you pursue. There are multiple newsletters online that you can look into, which offers various challenges, vocabulary and grammar training, words of the day, etc. In less than 5 minutes a day, you can have your own mini-language lessons on your smartphone or at the office.

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            We’d love to hear from you. Which of these on-the-go resources will you take advantage of? Please share this with one friend and encourage them to learn a language with you!

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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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            12 Things You Should Remember When Feeling Lost in Life

            12 Things You Should Remember When Feeling Lost in Life

            Even the most charismatic people you know, whether in person or celebrities of some sort, experience days where they feel lost in life and isolated from everyone else.

            While it’s good to know we aren’t alone in this feeling, the question still remains:

            What should we do when we feel lost and lonely?

            Here are 12 things to remember:

            1. Recognize That It’s Okay!

            The truth is, there are times you need to be alone. If you’ve always been accustomed to being in contact with people, this may prove difficult.

            However, learning how to be alone and comfortable in your own skin will give you confidence and a sense of self reliance.

            We cheat ourselves out of the opportunity to become self reliant when we look for constant companionship.

            Learn how to embrace your me time: What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

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            2. Use Your Lost and Loneliness as a Self-Directing Guide

            You’ve most likely heard the expression: “You have to know where you’ve been to know where you’re going.”

            Loneliness also serves as a life signal to indicate you’re in search of something. It’s when we’re in the midst of solitude that answers come from true soul searching.

            Remember, there is more to life than what you’re feeling.

            3. Realize Loneliness Helps You Face the Truth

            Being in the constant company of others, although comforting sometimes, can often serve as a distraction when we need to face the reality of a situation.

            Solitude cuts straight to the chase and forces you to deal with the problem at hand. See it as a blessing that can serve as a catalyst to set things right!

            4. Be Aware That You Have More Control Than You Think

            Typically, when we see ourselves as being lost or lonely, it gives us an excuse to view everything we come in contact with in a negative light. It lends itself to putting ourselves in the victim mode, when the truth of the matter is that you choose your attitude in every situation.

            No one can force a feeling upon you! It is YOU who has the ultimate say as to how you choose to react.

            5. Embrace the Freedom That the Feeling of Being Alone Can Offer

            Instead of wallowing in self pity, which many are prone to do because of loneliness, try looking at your circumstance as a new-found freedom.

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            Most people are in constant need of approval of their viewpoints. Try enjoying the fact that  you don’t need everyone you care about to support your decisions.

            6. Acknowledge the Person You Are Now

            Perhaps you feel a sense of loneliness and confusion because your life circumstances have taken you away from the persona that others know to be you.

            Perhaps the new you differs radically from the old. Realize that life is about change and how we react to that change. It’s okay that you’re not who you used to be.

            Take a look at this article and learn to accept your imperfect self: Accept Yourself (Flaws and All): 7 Benefits of Being Vulnerable

            7. Keep Striving to Do Your Best

            Often those who are feeling isolated and unto themselves will develop a defeatist attitude. They’ll do substandard work because their self esteem is low and they don’t care.

            Never let this feeling take away your sense of worth! Do your best always and when you come through this dark time, others will admire how you stayed determined in spite of the obstacles you had to overcome.

            And to live your best life, you must do this ONE thing: step out of your comfort zone.

            8. Don’t Forget That Time Is Precious

            When we’re lost in a sea of loneliness and depression, it’s all too easy to reflect on regrets of past life events. This does nothing but feed negativity and perpetuate the situation.

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            Instead of falling prey to this common pitfall, put one foot in front of the other and acknowledge every positive step you take. By doing this, you can celebrate the struggles you overcome at the end of the day.

            9. Remember, Things Happen for a Reason

            Every circumstance we encounter in our life is designed to teach us and that lesson is in turn passed on to others.

            Sometimes we’re fortunate enough to figure out the lesson to be learned, while other times, we simply need to have faith that if the lesson wasn’t meant directly for us to learn from, how we handled it was observed by someone who needed to learn.

            Your solitude and feeling of lost, in this instance, although painful possibly, may be teaching someone else.

            10. Journal During This Time

            Record your thoughts when you’re at the height of loneliness and feeling lost. You’ll be amazed when you reflect back at how you viewed things at the time and how far you’ve come later.

            This time (if recorded) can give you a keen insight into who you are and what makes you feel the way you feel.

            11. Remember You Aren’t the First to Feel This Way

            It’s quite common to feel as if we’re alone and no one else has ever felt this way before. We think this because at the time of our distress, we’re silently observing others around us who are seemingly fine in every way.

            The truth is, we can’t possibly know the struggles of those around us unless they elect to share them. We ALL have known this pain!

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            Try confiding in someone you trust and ask them how they deal with these feelings when they experienced it. You may be surprised at what you learn.

            12. Ask for Help If the Problem Persists

            The feeling of being lost and lonely is common to everyone, but typically it will last for a relatively short period of time.

            Most people will confess to, at one time or another, being in a “funk.” But if the problem persists longer than you feel it should, don’t ignore it.

            When your ability to reason and consider things rationally becomes impaired, do not poo poo the problem away and think it isn’t worthy of attention. Seek medical help.

            Afraid to ask for help? Here’s how to change your outlook to aim high!

            Final Thoughts

            Loneliness and a sense of feeling lost can in many ways be extremely painful and difficult to deal with at best. However, these feelings can also serve as a catalyst for change in our lives if we acknowledge them and act.

            Above anything, cherish your mental well being and don’t underestimate its worth. Seek professional guidance if you’re unable to distinguish between a sense of freedom for yourself and a sense of despair.

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