Language Learning Tip #07

Problem

“I find myself hesitating when I speak because I am second-guessing myself and correcting myself.”

Idea

You are most likely someone who uses their “monitor” too much.

 

The Monitor Hypothesis is the idea that many people who try to learn a second language as an adult have constructed a sort of mental computer […]

Language Learning Tip #06

Problem (continued, part 3)

I guess I’m not much of a visual learner, because I’m still having trouble remembering these words.

 

Idea

Remember, the principle is that every experience we have is accompanied with sensory stimuli. And, we can retain a language experience, such as the experience of hearing a word, by associating it […]

Language Learning Tip #05

Problem (continued, part 2)

I guess I’m not much of a visual learner, because I’m still having trouble remembering these words.

Continuing on the theme of using the visual sense to create stronger memory connections.

It is preferable to learn Arabic words without going through your native language, that is, without translating. It is not […]

Language Learning Tip #04

Problem

I STILL can’t remember my vocabulary words.

 

Idea

Different strategies and tricks work for different people, and not everyone has a great memory for everything. But the good news is that memory skills can be improved with practice. The important thing is to keep working at it.

 

Memory is about […]

Language Learning Tip #03

Problem (and it’s a big one!)

“I can’t remember my vocabulary words.”

 

Idea

There is more and more study being done in cognitive science and memory these days. One of the things that is being learned about is the role of emotions and chemicals like adrenaline to deeply etch memories into the brain. […]

Language Learning Tip #02

Problem

I like to do things on the internet. Is there anything useful out there?

 

Idea

Nothing you can find on the internet is as good as face to face interaction with native speakers, so don’t neglect getting out. However, you can supplement your program with some useful internet tools if you have time. […]

Language Learning Tip #26

Problem

“There are so many vocabulary issues to think about. How can I have a balanced approach?”

Idea

Maybe this triangle image can help you to visualize and think about what vocabulary learning means.

Click on the image below to enlarge it.

There really are a lot of vocabulary issues. For example, there are […]

Language Learning Tip #25

(Continued from Tip #24)

Problem

“I’m trying the boxes and vocab cards but I have a few questions.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What if I keep forgetting so many words each time that my first stack is more that 20 cards?

A: Do just 20 cards and do not add more […]

Language Learning Tip #24

(Continued from Tip #23))

Problem

“I learn the words, but I seem to forget after a few days.”

Idea

20 Flashcards, 4 boxes, and the principle of spaced retrieval.

 

In the last tip we talked about the principle of “spaced retrieval.” Now we will talk about the flashcards and boxes and how we can […]

Language Learning Tip #23

Problem

“I learn the words, but I seem to forget after a few days.”

Idea

20 Flashcards, 4 boxes, and the principle of spaced retrieval.

There is no way to learn words without doing some memorization. However, there are inefficient and boring ways to do it, and there are more efficient and less boring ways […]