Don’t look for the miracle solution

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Stop losing your time looking for THE miracle solution. There is no one to learn a language pushing on a button like in Matrix.


Every existing language method, even the best, is complementary to the others.


I said earlier that you wouldn’t reach a perfect level in any language.


So no solution will allow you to master a language. Even if you “speak a language perfectly.”


You’ll always learn a language as long as you keep practicing it.

Don’t even try to master a language

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Trying to master a language is useless. Because you won’t master it. You’ll never have a perfect level.


Even natives don’t. They keep learning their own language. Some can’t even write, read or speak it correctly.


You’ll always learn new vocabulary words and expressions.


You’ll always learn new cultural aspects. It’s mostly true if you travel in a country related to the language.


You’ll always learn new grammar points. Or you’ll rather become to understand them.


A language also continues to evolve over time. It’s even true for ancient languages like Latin.


So don’t try a master a language. Just reach a conversational level as a first step.

The main goal of any language

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A language is made to be spoken and to communicate with other humans. It’s that simple.


If your vocabulary knowledge isn’t perfect, it doesn’t matter. You can learn words and expressions every time you practice the language. You’ll always improve your vocabulary. Even natives do.


If your grammar isn’t perfect, it doesn’t matter. It’s not the most important. Locals will even congratulate you to speak their language at least. Not just a “catch-all” language like English.


If your pronunciation isn’t perfect, it won’t always be a problem. Having a strong accent doesn’t mean your pronunciation is bad. You don’t need to speak with a perfect native accent. Even native speakers have an accent when they come from another region.


If you can’t write the language, it’s not a problem. But you have to be able to read it at least to recognize and understand signs in the street.


The essential is to understand the speakers and to be understood by them.

Time is just a matter of priorities

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The lack of time is a usual excuse. When we don’t have time for a project, like learning a language or how to cook Italian food, we often have other priorities.


However, we have time to watch TV or to chat with friends and tell our life on Facebook.


You don’t have to spend 3 hours a day to learn a language. 10 minutes a day are sufficient.


Some sources will tell you to spends between 575 and 2200 hours according to a language difficulty. Don’t rely on it!


Just replace time-consuming (and uninteresting) activities by linguistic activities.


Did you know that an average person spend 3 hours 30 a day in front of a TV screen?


If you decide to get rid of it, you’ll win at least 3 hours 30 a day. In a year, you’ll win 1260 hours.


You’ll see. You won’t regret it. Between us, there are plenty of things more intelligent and interesting to do.


You can watch your favorite TV series in your target language in the original version.


You can read the news in your target language with Google News or websites like News in Levels.


You can also go out and meet real people from everywhere in a nice bar in your city.


Maybe you have free moments like the moment you wait for your bus, your turn at the supermarket or in the waiting room.


You can listen to a podcast in your car, read a book or use an app on the train, the bus or the metro.


You have so many free moments to practice your language. Even if you’re overbooked.


Time doesn’t have to be an excuse anymore. Time is just a matter of priorities.

Why New Year resolutions don’t work?

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When we take a New Year resolution like “losing weight,” “stop smoking” or even “learning a new language,” we fail.


First, because we don’t have a precise objective like “losing 8 pounds in 30 days”, “stop smoking in 2 months” or “speaking German fluently in a year.”


We can also take such a resolution at any moment.


Succeeding is another story.


Starting the challenge is easy. Staying regular to reach the final objective is the most difficult.