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January 15, 2013

Smash Fear - And Learn Anything

Learning a new language - in fact learning anything new can be an overwhelming challenge.

It's very odd isn't it? Children learn extraordinarily difficult and complex things, like language and learning to walk, while adults struggle to...

...learn things in organized ways like taking classes.

But we also learn in all kinds of unexpected and disorganized ways. But even then learning can be difficult, awkward and can certainly lead us to surprising discoveries - sometimes about ourselves.

I urge my students to pay attention to their learning styles. There are all kinds of books, studies and online resources regarding learning styles, but I tell my students to pay attention and notice what works best for them.

Here are some of the questions I ask them - Do you work better any particular time of day? Evening or morning for example? Do work or think better by yourself? With one person or with a group? With or without music?

When do your best thoughts come? Do you remember best what you see (as in a video) what you hear (like radio) or what you do with your hands?

There's no right way to learn, but you'll learn better if you have a solid grasp on what works best for you.

If you feel that you need some encouragement, take a look at this video - http://www.ted.com/talks/tim_ferriss_smash_fear_learn_anything.html.

Sometimes we just run out of steam and just need a little inspiration to keep us going.

As always, send us any new words or phrases that baffle you and be sure to let us know what it is about English and language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


Posted by mmorf at January 15, 2013 11:07 PM


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