Three Approaches to Language Learning

Different people will naturally gravitate towards different language learning approaches, usually depending on their personalities. There’s nothing wrong with any approach – it’s simply a matter of matching the type of person you are with the strategy you are taking.
Do you like to have a system of moving from one task to another? More than likely, you’re the kind of person who find comfort in organization and structure. Your type are usually diligent and hardworking. As such, you’ll often do well in a structured language learning setting, such as a traditional class or a lesson-by-lesson language software. We suggest drawing up a plan of your learning activities early on, so that you may have something to refer to throughout your training.
Do you enjoy having many inputs at once? You’re probably the type who thrives in a multi-tasking environment. Jumping from one language study material to another doesn’t confuse you. In fact, you relish having so many things to draw upon. If you’re this way, arming yourself with a plethora of learning sources is probably in your best interest. That way, if you find the software lessons boring, you have the option of delving into the flash cards or practice videos to supplement it. You can probably use just a little bit of structure, but if you know your strengths, you’ll be fine.
Do you like chaos? If you thrive in high-pressure learning environments and fall asleep listening to lectures, then your best approach to learning is to focus on as much immersion as you can. Drag yourself to social situations where you’ll be forced to learn a language, use movies and songs as your primary inputs, and use language materials as just a way to learn the basics. Nothing’s wrong with any of those approaches. In fact, knowing yourself gives you a distinct and notable advantage over many learners. Embrace it and live it.

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