Have you decided to learn a foreign language? Excellent! But despite all the motivation, you face a completely different problem at the beginning: your time management. In order to really make progress in your learning language, it is important that you learn regularly and establish language learning as a habit in your life.
Why a habit is so important
Habits are essential and consist of a trigger, a routine and a reward. The trigger is the beginning of the habit that leads to you routinely performing an action. Then you get the reward that makes you feel better and shows you that the routine was good. So that you understand it even better, here is an example from everyday life:
- Trigger: Your alarm clock rings, and you get up to go to the bathroom.
- Routine: You brush your teeth.
- Reward: The pleasant feeling of clean teeth.
The special thing about habits is that you no longer think about them and they can make your life much easier. So why not make language learning a habit and discover a new world with ease?
Make language learning a habit – that’s how it works
Of course, nothing happens overnight, so you have to be patient. Nevertheless, there are a few little tricks you can use to establish a new routine quickly and easily.
Set study times
Especially at the beginning you need a structure, which makes fixed learning times ideal. Therefore, think about the times of the day when you can concentrate best and learn without disturbances. Maybe it’s right after breakfast, with a cup of coffee in the afternoon on the sofa or just before you go to bed? No matter what time of day you choose, it is important that it suits you. And don’t worry! If after a few days you realise that the time you have chosen isn’t perfect, just change it. However, to establish a routine, you should make sure that it is the same time in the long run or routinely comes after an action in your normal daily routine (e.g., after breakfast).
The time you want to invest in learning also depends on your learning times. For beginners, it is often the most difficult thing to concentrate on vocabulary or grammar exercises for a long time. So, start small and use ten minutes a day at the beginning. With the app Sabelovu, you’ll be surprised at how quickly time flies!
Of course, you should also review and adapt your learning session over time: If you want to do more, study longer; if you feel stressed and overwhelmed, reduce your study schedule. It is important that you do not take on too much. It’s always true: Start small and gradually expand.
Write yourself a study plan
With a study plan, you don’t have to worry about what to learn. It’s best to take a few minutes on Sundays to plan your upcoming week. Think carefully about when and what you want to learn. This has the great advantage that during the week you immediately know what needs to be done and can get started.
Find a language partner
Sabelovu also helps you to find language partners from all over the world with whom you can improve your language skills. Are you someone who likes to prove it to yourself (and others)? Then start a 30-day-challenge to integrate language learning in your everyday life. And if you persevere and complete your learning task every day, there is a very high chance that you will continue after the 30 days.
With Sabelovu to your own language learning habit
Thanks to the tips above, you already know how to structure your learning to stay on the ball in the long term. But Sabelovu makes it even easier to establish language learning as a habit. And this is how it works:
Your goal is to repeat your vocabulary or to learn new words every day? Excellent! Use the app Sabelovu and write a plan in which the most important categories are noted. When you do this, you also think about when you want to include it in your daily schedule (e.g. right after breakfast). It is important that you set a time that is always the same. This is the only way to ensure that your routine can follow the same trigger and become a habit. Once you have structured and planned your learning, all you have to do is to start!
Here is an example: Maria wants to learn Spanish and plans to study 10 minutes every morning after breakfast with the app Sabelovu. Although it was difficult for her at the beginning, she mastered the first 30 days. In the meantime, the ten minutes in the morning are just as much a part of her daily routine as brushing their teeth or eating a healthy breakfast.
Make language learning a habit – this applies to you now
It’s not important what you start with, it’s much more important that you start. A habit can only be established if you master the initial difficulties and still complete your learning task day after day with motivation. And don’t worry, it will be worth it! The app Sabelovu also helps you learn while having fun and get in touch with real native speakers! What are you waiting for? Give it a try and make language learning a habit!
What do you do to learn regularly?