Would you have any tips for someone who wants to learn a language but has a really busy schedule? I really want to learn French but it’s just it’s so hard for me because I work full time.
Gabriel: Well, I think you should move to France. I’m kidding… Well of course it could be awesome, however I’m just going to assume that it may not be a choice or an option. I think that this is something that you know it’s really important it’s a good question because of the fact that we’re all busy, we all have work, we all have our families… We all have things to do so how do we find time to learn a language? And I think that it boils down to building the right habits
I think it’s important to try to introduce little things in the the breaks that we have. You could use a language learning app when you’re in line for a coffee at the coffee shop or when you’re at a supermarket, and you can try to use all the breaks that you have to pick up your phone and try a language learning app, or have your flashcards ready in the morning, review them in the morning for 10 minutes when you wake up or before going to bed or something
along those lines.
One really important thing for when we’re really busy and we want to learn a language is that we should try to make things as easy as possible for ourselves so for example if you have an audio program in CDs it may be easier to just upload all your files into your phone (all the audio files) and then just have everything readily available so you can listen to them.
So making things really easy for yourself is going to really help. Because for example let’s say that you’re like “Oh, I forgot my language book in the car now I don’t want to go back to the car to go and get it to learn the language.”
So little things like that. This may sound silly but if you have everything readily available just right there for you it makes it easier to pick it up so you can learn the language, so you can study language I think that 5, 15 minutes every day can help. Whatever you can do!
Ideally you’re going to do more than 15 minutes a day but if you can’t, even if you can just, you know, pick up your flash cards or pick up your language book for 15 minutes a day or even less if you can’t really do more then it’s still okay.
Also, having passive exposure to the language also helps when we’re extremely busy so let’s say you’re at home and you’re exhausted and you’re having a little bit of a break maybe you can just leave the French TV in the background even if you’re still at a basic level but you’re getting some passive exposure and you’re learning a bit passively but it’s okay, you’re still learning a bit you’re being exposed to the language and that’s a good thing.
Of course that we want to also learn it actively you know, whatever, with whatever method you using a language textbook, you can be using a language learning app or a combination of a bunch of different things but in the end we don’t just need to do active exercises all the time passive exercises really help and then hopefully on the weekends as well if you got some time then what you can do is you know, try to spend a bit more time actively trying to learn the language.
One thing that I personally do is that because I drive a lot usually I have a lot of audio files that I just have playing in my car as I’m driving sometimes I’m just listening really passively to the content but sometimes it’s pretty good content that actually that I also have the text for. I study the text a bit at home then I just play it in the car as I’m driving that can be extremely helpful.
If you have the chance and you’re really busy and you drive a lot you can do that and perhaps you can also bring audio files for whenever you jog or you do a workout or whatever. If you build the right habits you’re going to progress more quickly and you’re going to keep going, you’re not going to give up, and you’re going to successfully learn French. So, good luck!