What’s the best way to learn a language?
Systems are a proven way to effectively learn a new language. And Memory Champion Yänjaa Wintersoul has two systems she’s found to be effective tools for her when taking on new languages–and she speaks 14 of them!
Recently, we teamed up with Yänjaa to share her tips for learning a new language as a part of this year’s 90 Days with Drops.
She recently learned Brazilian Portuguese with us. Here was the result:
Want to learn a language like a memory champion? Here are the 3 W’s and 3 R’s of language learning from Yänjaa Wintersoul:
When setting goals, one technique you can use is the 3 W’s. These are what, when, and where.
This means, in order to build a language learning habit, you want to decide what you’re going to do, when you’re doing it and where you’re doing it.
Here’s Yänjaa’s example from her learning with Drops:
What you’re doing: learning a language with 5 minutes of Drops
When you’re doing it: right after breakfast
Where you’re doing it: in the kitchen
Do you have your what, when, and where? If not, it's not too late to decide what these are for you!
Yänjaa also introduced the 3 R’s of goal setting during her 90 Days with Drops challenge. These are : revise, recommit, and remove.
To revise, you think about what you’ve been doing and adjust based on how it’s working for you. Are you doing enough? Either increase or decrease the time you’re doing.
To recommit, you think about which goals you have that you haven’t been prioritizing and recommit to them if they’re really something you want to pursue.
To remove, you again think about which goals you aren’t prioritizing, and if they aren’t something that’s important to you or they’re something you’re not enjoying, you remove them.
So, think about your 3 R’s and your 3 W’s and write down your goals! As Yänjaa shared, you’re 45% more likely to achieve them.
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