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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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            30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

            30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

            In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

            1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

            Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

            2. Focus on your breath

            Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

            3. Get organized and purge old items

            A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

            4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

            Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

            5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

            Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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            6. Smile more

            Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

            7. Don’t worry about the future

            As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

            8. Eat real food

            The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

            9. Choose being happy over being right

            Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

            10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

            Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

            11. Make use of filtering features on social media

            You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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            12. Get comfortable with silence

            When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

            13. Listen to understand, not to respond

            So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

            14. Put your troubles in a bubble

            Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

            15. Speak more slowly

            Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

            16. Don’t procrastinate

            Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

            17. Buy a coloring book

            Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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            18. Prioritize yourself

            You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

            19. Forgive others

            Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

            20. Check your expectations

            Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

            21. Engage in active play

            Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

            22. Stop criticizing yourself

            The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

            23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

            Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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            24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

            Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

            25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

            Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

            26. Manage your money

            Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

            27. Stop trying to control everything

            Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

            28. Practice affirmations

            Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

            29. Get up before sunrise

            Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

            30. Be yourself

            Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

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