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Be patient and systematic. Give yourself time to see the results after applying the following tips.
1. Use a variety of different methods for effective learning because the brain never uses just one. When its different parts are activated, then you create more paths and networks which help you memorise and recall vocabulary.
2. Engage all your senses:
3. Exploit various sources of the language. Use not only books but also audiobooks, podcasts, webcasts, films with English subtitles, BBC news clips, youtube clips, professional journals, magazines, Wikipedia, etc.
4. Choose texts or materials which interest you personally, which are pleasant, enjoyable or humorous. Learning then becomes relaxing and fun, not a must.
5. Be selective. Let your learning have a purpose. You may ask yourself the question: “Will I need it in the future? Can I imagine myself in the situation when I’m actually using it?”
6. Spend time revising, return to the previous material. If you don’t, you will lose 80% of the information you have learned. Revision is necessary if you want to make an effective switch from short-term to long-term memory.
7. Become language hungry. Take every opportunity to have contact with the language. Use your “down time” effectively (when commuting). Give you brain food for thought every single day, just like you nourish your body.
8. It is always better to learn the language in the context.
9. Motivate yourself by taking small steps and being patient. Decide on a plan and follow it rigorously (i.e. Monday podcast, Tuesday film, Thursday reading, Friday revision). Be positive and you will definitely achieve your goal. Every minute with the language counts.
10. Use the language. Find a person to talk to, your language partner.