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It’s Crunch Time! Mastering Timed Language Learning

Have you been having trouble staying focused lately? We’ve got just the thing you need in order to get back on track in your language learning journey. But be warned, only the strong will make it! Are you ready to buckle up and crunch down with this high powered language learning strategy?! You only need two things to make all of this work, a timer and your undivided attention. Sounds pretty easy right?  Well, we’ll see about that – jump into our latest article here to find out more.

High Performance Language Learning

When we hear the word high performance we usually think of active, intense productivity. But what if high performance simply meant tuning into your environment, senses and the natural world to develop your input sensitivity? In order to truly maximize our language learning, we have to tune in to our senses both on a conscious and subconscious level. We are always using one sense or the other passively, but what if we became aware of the input we receive on a daily basis? Find out more by reading an inspiring article, High-Performance Language Learning.

Just Listen!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you were able to speak a language perfectly, but not be able to understand a word of it? It sounds unthinkable when you really think about it! In this week’s article, we’ll take a look at the most important component of language learning, listening! And when I say most important, that’s frankly an understatement, as listening is priceless.

How often do you practice your listening skills? If your target language is going in one ear and out the next, then you may want to consider taking a look at this article. You’ll be sure to gain immense value having read it!

What’s The Perfect Language For You?

If you’ve been having trouble finding the right language to study lately, then we’ve got you covered in this week’s article release. We’ll walk you from steps  A-Z to help you find your life-long language pairing. Just in case you missed our weekly newsletter, you can find the right language for you here!

Let us know what language you’ve decided to study this year or even just in general, we’d love to hear from you all!

Creative Language Learning inside L-Lingo!

If you read our newsletter and follow our blog, then you’ve probably noticed the Creative Language Learning Series . In this series, we explore innovative,  one of a kind language learning tips, tricks, and techniques.

Since we’ve been receiving positive feedback on the series, we’ve begun to integrate it into the Dashboard of L-Lingo!

This way you can access the articles and our creative quick tips that’ll  give you the extra motivation you need for your study sessions!

Quick Tips:

 

Links to our Creative Language Learning Series Posts:

Let us know how you like this new feature!

My Language Learning Journey – Kiandro Scavella

Hello! My name is Kiandro Scavella and I am a 21-year-old language enthusiast with the goal of becoming a polyglot. Part of this goal entails me discovering more about travel, culture, and languages respectively. I own a website dedicated to this cause and it took me a while, but I managed to coin-up the term Worldly Words as the domain. I find it all so fascinating when cultures are able to exchange information, and at the forefront of it all is language as a means of communication.

It All Started In High School

There I was drifting away in the back of my Spanish class. I must’ve been in 11 or 12th grade at the time. Back then language had never really stood out to me, in fact, I hated it.  I had to know more about why I hated it and if my hatred was being misguided. It turns out that it was … big time. One regular day in Ms.Sanchez’s class I told her that I was studying Japanese instead of Spanish. She didn’t take too kindly to this piece of news. I was almost put out of class for practicing hiragana during a Spanish exam (rightfully so if I may add). The point remains that once I started focusing my efforts on a culture that I was interested in my perspective began to change towards languages.

After graduating from high school, my level of Spanish was “Okay” but it was nothing to brag about. As for Japanese, I put the language in my back pocket, barely having managed to read and write hiragana and katakana. Well, that and the fact that nobody took me seriously when I told them that I was going to learn Japanese and fly to Japan one day. But, here I am as of (September 23rd, 2018) on a plane to Japan to start my graduate program, typing this on a word doc reminiscing on that fact. Anyway, let me tell you guys about college before I get too deep into my feelings.

My College Years

In college, my first major was numerical computation. I was godawful at math, so I don’t know how I managed even to conceive that idea of a major. I soon realized that that specific major wasn’t for me and like every other silly first-year college student I switched majors…several times. Art, music, natural science and then finally Asian Studies. The decision came to me as a last minute effort to register for classes on time during my sophomore year. I remembered my high school years and the personal promises I had made to show everybody up who doubted me. That’s a huge part of language learning, by the way, commitment. Once you say something, you have to mean it, and you have to follow through. By majoring in Asian Studies, this was my opportunity to show them all just how serious I was when I proclaimed my Japanese language learning journey.

The Start Of Language Learning

Always remember this one thing, there will be times when language learning will seem impossible. But, this is nothing to worry about and it’s completely natural to struggle in some areas. For instance, even after four years of studies I still have some room to improve on certain things when it comes to Japanese. There will be times when you question your initial motivation, but as you go along things will clear up. And once you have a balance between input and output everything will work out in the long run. The important thing is that keep your motivation and your purpose. So if sounds don’t make sense to you can you can’t quite read anything just yet, remember this “IT WILL ONLY GET BETTER!”

The Stages Of Grief In Language Learning

There is a term known as the stages of grief, and usually, it can be used to describe the feeling going through harsh times. However, for any language learner, the same applies. When it came to Japanese, there were five specific moments of grief that were experienced.

  1. Confusion – This is the first stage, and it involves being continuously confused, nonstop, 24/7 around the clock. In my college language classes, the sound of Japanese sounded like static fuzz, in other words, it wasn’t comprehensible everything sounded like nothing.
  2. Doubt– “Is this language right for me?” We’ve all had that question in the back of our minds. I think I first started experiencing this symptom when I was in my junior year of college and couldn’t read any Kanji
  3. Misery – At this point, you just become infuriated with the language for no credible reason at all. The very sight of Japanese characters bothered me when I returned from my study abroad program in 2016. Maybe it was because of the constant exposure and the inner-me just felt like he needed a break.
  4. Peace – The good news is after misery it doesn’t get much worse. Being at peace with a language means that it no longer troubles you. At this stage, I just minded my own business watching Netflix series in Japanese and listening to the j-pop and singing along.
  5. Acceptance– You’ve realized that this is the language for you. At this point, the language has blended itself into your personality to the point that separation from it would mean a loss of identity. I cannot picture myself without a background in Japanese culture and language. Sure we had our rough moments, but in the end, we became friends, and I’m grateful for that.
  6. Love/Motivations/Pride/Reward – You begin to reap the rewards of your hard work, and it feels absolutely amazing. From now on there will be no drawbacks, only good things will come from your relationship with your target language. You’ll also have all the bragging rights in the world, but don’t get too crazy!

 

 

What I Learned From Studying Japanese

Aim for the stars: If you’re learning a foreign language or thinking of it, I’d say aim for the stars. And I know that sounds corny, but there is no better way to put it. You can’t half-ass any language you take up, it’s either go hard or go home.

Avoid Shortcuts When Learning The Alphabet: If a language has an alphabet that is noticeably different from your own, learn the true form of it. For instance, Japanese has romaji, but you won’t ever see romaji in everyday Japanese – rather hiragana, katakana and kanji. In short, don’t cheat yourself.  

Keep Your Input and Output Balanced: Having the perfect amount of input and output will ensure that your language skills are always progressing.  speak as often as possible.

Learn the Grammar: I’m not a huge fan of grammar, but if you know where I’m going with this article, then you should know what I’m about to say. You NEED it. Learn to balance your study schedule between intense and soft sessions, give your brain a rest when it feels like mush.

L-Lingo Explainer Video

We have put a new video on our website that explains how L-Lingo works and why it makes learning easier and faster.

Have a look at it yourself and let us know how you like it!

Way to Go Burmese Program partners with L-Lingo

If you are in Yangon, Myanmar and want to have a great introduction into the Burmese Language, check out the Way to Go Burmese Learning Program from Language Maison. This program is specially designed for beginners who want to focus on Burmese speaking skills, and prefer self-learning but have little time for study or would just like to have a new experience! Part of the program is an introduction into L-Lingo and all participants get a free 90 days subscription to our online version.

Quiz Countdown Timer

It is scientifically proven that you enhance your learning by actively trying to recall words and sentences from memory. We have therefore implemented a countdown timer that delays the answers of a quiz question and thus gives you time to recall the word from memory.

By default we have set it with a 10 second time. In case you recall the word earlier you can just click or tab on the count down timer and the answers will appear immediately.

You can change the delay time or switch off the delay completely. You can also set it to “manual” which will remove the countdown and thus you need to always tap for the answers to appear. To make these changes, go to your account settings (click on your user icon in the menu bar on the top right).

New Looks / Content Maintenance

New Looks!

Today we have published a new version of our web application. You will immediately notice the new images we are using. We are now having a large image for each lesson so that you get a better impression on what we teach in that lesson.

We have also added smaller images on our retention section, indicating if there are words due for review.

Since the timely repetition of new words is crucial for your language learning success, the Retention Section will now be on top of the Lessons Section if there are words due for review.

Content Maintenance

With well over 100,000 words and phrases spread over 20 different languages, we know some errors do occur and so we have a special system to investigate and address them. Previously we need to manually enter your report but we have now integrated that system into our app.

So in case you find an error (like a spelling mistake or a wrong translation), just hit the “Report Error” Button in the Menu of the Review and Quizzes and let us know what you think is wrong.

We are periodically reviewing all submitted reports to ensure that our products are error-free.

As usual please drop us a line if you have any questions or something not working as expected.