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Want To Learn A New Language? Learn These 3 Hacks First

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Want To Learn A New Language? Learn These 3 Hacks First

Have you ever wondered what an easy way to learn a foreign language is? Or, maybe you’ve tried to learn a foreign language but don’t know how and where to start? Many of us face the same dilemma when it comes to learning a new language. We try overpriced courses but seem to land nowhere in practice.
It is correct that learning a new language requires a lot of dedication. But, what if we told you that there are simple ways to reach expert level? Yes, that’s true. Here’s how you can learn a foreign language quickly with minimum suffering-

1. Start by perfecting the 100 most-used terms in the language

The biggest problem in learning a new language is getting started. Don’t worry; we have a lifehack for you that works. You can start by analysing your target language and finding the top 100 words that are used the most. That will give you a decent exposure to the language, because words are the building blocks of all languages.

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Since the most-used words constitute half of the words people say every day, you will already be halfway there! It may require some cognitive neuroscience techniques along with good time management to find success using this idea. Finding the list of the most common words is not rocket science. There are many websites out there for your guidance.

However, you won’t become a language guru if you stop at 100 words. According to scientific research, acquiring more and more words should be an ongoing practice in your mastery of the target language. Practice is the key!

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2. Use the wonders of modern technology: Wokabulary App

There is no shortage of productivity apps available on iPhone, iPad or Mac. But, did you know that there is an app to make the process of learning words even easier? Wokabulary App is an excellent way to learn and automatically systemize words according to their difficulty level. To ensure productivity, the app frequently quizzes you on newer and more difficult words, substituting them for older and easier ones.

It comes with two quiz modes. You can practice your words according to your learning preferences. That means the app is advanced enough to adjust itself according to its unique user. As explained above, practising words is the best way to approach a language if you want to master it.

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Wokabulary helps you keep track of your progress visually. That means an overview of your performance level will be evident at all times!

3) Duolingo for guidance, Rosetta Stone for independence

Duolingo and Rosetta Stone are well-known names in the language field already. You can learn an amount equivalent to a college semester in just 34 hours with Duolingo or 55 hours with Rosetta. Duolingo uses game mechanics to involve the learner in direct translation of several words from and to the user’s native tongue. That is a proven method for learning quickly and easily, but not very deeply.

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Learning a language using Rosetta Stone can get annoying at times, but it is actually for the best. To gain the ability to communicate in real life, we must come as close to real life as possible, and Rosetta Stone makes it possible. Spoon-feeding is dropped straightaway, which encourages you to think, join bits of knowledge together, and form your ideas in the target language.

Successfully Learning a Foreign Language Makes You Smarter!

According to scientific research, learning a new language provides many cognitive benefits. If you start at an early age, you can gain various cognitive abilities. Language learning has also been proven to reduce memory loss issues that come with the advancement of age. Bilingual children have shown more creative and variant thinking than monolingual children. All the more reason to start learning a foreign language today. Thanks to this article, you now know the easiest ways to start learning a new language!

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10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

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10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

We all fall into the trap of judging a person’s character by their appearance. How wrong we are! All too often, the real character of the person only appears when some negative event hits them or you. Then you may see a toxic person emerging from the ruins and it is often a shock.

A truly frightening example is revealed in the book by O’Toole in Bowman called Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Instincts Betray Us. A perfectly respectable, charming, well dressed neighbor was found to have installed a torture chamber in his garage where he was systematically abusing kidnapped women. This is an extreme example, but it does show how we can be totally deceived by a person’s physical appearance, manners and behavior.

So, what can you do? You want to be able to assess personal qualities when you come into contact with colleagues, fresh acquaintances and new friends who might even become lifelong partners. You want to know if they are:

  • honest
  • reliable
  • competent
  • kind and compassionate
  • capable of taking the blame
  • able to persevere
  • modest and humble
  • pacific and can control anger.

The secret is to reserve judgment and take your time. Observe them in certain situations; look at how they react. Listen to them talking, joking, laughing, explaining, complaining, blaming, praising, ranting, and preaching. Only then will you be able to judge their character. This is not foolproof, but if you follow the 10 ways below, you have a pretty good chance of not ending up in an abusive relationship.

1. Is anger a frequent occurrence?

All too often, angry reactions which may seem to be excessive are a sign that there are underlying issues. Do not think that every person who just snaps and throws his/her weight around mentally and physically is just reacting normally. Everyone has an occasional angry outburst when driving or when things go pear-shaped.

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But if this is almost a daily occurrence, then you need to discover why and maybe avoid that person. Too often, anger will escalate to violent and aggressive behavior. You do not want to be near someone who thinks violence can solve personal or global problems.

2. Can you witness acts of kindness?

How often do you see this person being kind and considerate? Do they give money to beggars, donate to charity, do voluntary work or in some simple way show that they are willing to share the planet with about 7 billion other people?

I was shocked when a guest of mine never showed any kindness to the weak and disadvantaged people in our town. She was ostensibly a religious person, but I began to doubt the sincerity of her beliefs.

“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

Abigail Van Buren

3. How does this person take the blame?

Maybe you know that s/he is responsible for a screw-up in the office or even in not turning up on time for a date. Look at their reaction. If they start blaming other colleagues or the traffic, well, this is an indication that they are not willing to take responsibility for their mistakes.

4. Don’t use Facebook as an indicator.

You will be relieved to know that graphology (the study of that forgotten skill of handwriting) is no longer considered a reliable test of a person’s character. Neither is Facebook stalking, fortunately. A study showed that Facebook use of foul language, sexual innuendo and gossip were not reliable indicators of a candidate’s character or future performance in the workplace.

5. Read their emails.

Now a much better idea is to read the person’s emails. Studies show that the use of the following can indicate certain personality traits:

  • Too many exclamation points may reveal a sunny disposition
  • Frequent errors may indicate apathy
  • Use of smileys is the only way a person can smile at you
  • Use of the third person may reveal a certain formality
  • Too many question marks can show anger
  • Overuse of capital letters is regarded as shouting. They are a definite no-no in netiquette, yet a surprising number of  people still use them.

6. Watch out for the show offs.

Listen to people as they talk. How often do they mention their achievements, promotions, awards and successes? If this happens a lot, it is a sure indication that this person has an over-inflated view of his/her achievements. They are unlikely to be modest or show humility. What a pity!  Another person to avoid.

7. Look for evidence of perseverance.

A powerful indicator of grit and tenacity is when a person persists and never gives up when they really want to achieve a life goal. Look for evidence of them keeping going in spite of enormous difficulties.

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Great achievements by scientists and inventors all bear the hallmark of perseverance. We only have to think of Einstein, Edison (who failed thousands of times) and Nelson Mandela to get inspiration. The US Department of Education is in no doubt about how grit, tenacity and perseverance will be key success factors for youth in the 21st century.

8. Their empathy score is high.

Listen to how they talk about the less fortunate members of our society such as the poor, immigrants and the disabled. Do you notice that they talk in a compassionate way about these people? The fact that they even mention them is a strong indicator of empathy.

People with zero empathy will never talk about the disadvantaged. They will rarely ask you a question about a difficult time or relationship. They will usually steer the conversation back to themselves. These people have zero empathy and in extreme cases, they are psychopaths who never show any feelings towards their victims.

9. Learn how to be socially interactive.

We are social animals and this is what makes us so uniquely human. If a person is isolated or a loner, this may be a negative indicator of their character. You want to meet a person who knows about trust, honesty and loyalty. The only way to practice these great qualities is to actually interact socially. The great advantage is that you can share problems and celebrate success and joy together.

“One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.”

Stendhal

 10. Avoid toxic people.

These people are trying to control others and often are failing to come to terms with their own failures. Typical behavior and conversations may concern:

  • Envy or jealousy
  • Criticism of partners, colleagues and friends
  • Complaining about their own lack of success
  • Blaming others for their own bad luck or failure
  • Obsession with themselves and their problems

Listen to these people talk and you will quickly discover that you need to avoid them at all costs because their negativity will drag you down. In addition, as much as you would like to help them, you are not qualified to do so.

Now, having looked at some of the best ways to judge a person, what about yourself? How do others see you? Why not take Dr. Phil’s quiz and find out. Can you bear it?

Featured photo credit: Jacek Dylag via unsplash.com

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