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7 Insanely Fun Ways to Learn a Language When You’re Too Busy

7 Insanely Fun Ways to Learn a Language When You’re Too Busy

Who says you can’t have fun while learning a language?

With the advent of technology, communication tools, and access to information, there’s no reason why anyone should be confined to the traditional ways of learning, like a classroom.

Not only are there more effective solutions out there, but there are creative ways that will spur excitement into your learning process, which will inevitably help you learn faster through engagement.

We’ve hand-curated 7 for you to explore. We highly encourage that you try at least one of these today!

1. Learn 10 New Words Every Morning

We get it. You’re busy, and live life on-the-go. But anyone can learn 10 new words every day, whether it’s on your commute to work or during your lunch breaks.

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Research shows that when you learn 1,000 of the most common words in any language, you’re able to familiarize yourself with over 85% of the oral language! That means that by learning 10 new words a day, you can reach 85% fluency in a language in just 100 days.

Sure, you’ll still need to practice and master how to speak the language properly, but you’ll be well ahead of the pack.

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    2. Attend a Language Exchange

    Love meeting new people? Why not attend a language exchange meetup in your local city?

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      You’ll have the opportunity to meet like-minded people that share your passion for travel, culture, and languages, and be able to practice your speaking skills as well!

      Use websites like Eventbrite, Meetup, or Couchsurfing to find local language meetups in your city.

      3. Play Games Online

      That’s right. You can play games online and learn a language.

      The trick as you may have guessed is to seek out communities that speak your target language, whether it’s Spanish, French, Mandarin, etc.

      The second option is to use the Language Option on whichever game you’re playing, and switch it to the target language you’re trying to learn.

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        4. Date Someone That Speaks Your Target Language

        Spice up your dating life by seeking out someone that speaks your target language. With the rise of online dating, there are more ways than ever to filter through people from different cultures, and find the one you’re looking for.

        The good news is, you’ll immediately have something in common with when you meet them! Good luck :)

        5. Find a Private Teacher to Learn Wherever You Are

        Too busy to learn a language and just want to work with the best teachers to accelerate your language skills? The best way to learn a language for you then is to find a private teacher online. It will allow you to learn wherever you live in the world, nearly any time of the day, and any day of the week. This ultimate flexibility and on-demand scheduling is what will motivate you to continue learning in the long-run versus a fixed location and time schedule that’s required at a language class. Besides, who has the time to drive back and forth to a class every day!

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        6. Netflix and “Chill”

        Love to Netflix and ‘Chill’? Why not Netflix, ‘Chill’, and learn a language?

        Whether you’re on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, or any other streaming platform, you have the option to listen to your favorite movies and TV shows in a different language. If the audio version in your target language is not available, then experiment with subtitles first. Not sure what movie to watch? Check out this complete list of movies to watch on Netflix.

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          7. Switch your Social Media Into Your Target Language

          Another creative & fun way to learn a language is to start sharing your social media updates in your target language. It’s not too much additional effort since you’re already sharing on social media anyways, so why not develop your foreign language writing skills along the way? Take an example from Brazilian supermodel Gisele herself.

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            Last Updated on February 15, 2019

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

            Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

            Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

            So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

            Joe’s Goals

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              Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

              Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

              Daytum

                Daytum

                is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                Excel or Numbers

                  If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                  What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                  Evernote

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                    I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                    Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                    Access or Bento

                      If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                      Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                      You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                      Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                      All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                      Conclusion

                      I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                      What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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