Searching on the internet for how to learn English one is under the impression that there a lot of different ways of learning a foreign language, it seems as if there are so many different techniques, methods,
youtube teachers with their:
Shadowing and imitation techniques,
flashcards and spaced repetition,
speed learning and sleep learning,
memory palaces, tricks and language hacks.
1 simple trick,
2 breakthrough tricks,
4 easy steps,
People telling you: You need to find your own way, try different methods and choose the one that works for you
No people, there aren’t many different methods, there is only one method:
you need to immerse yourself in the language you are trying to learn!
Bury yourself in interesting content and read a lot, read daily,
and every time you come across a new word use Monolingual Learner’s Dictionaries.
Read and of course Listen, listen to native speech, listen daily to real life conversations, movies and TV shows, podcasts, news
Read and listen, and use monolingual learner’s dictionaries, it is what we call input
Immerse yourself in interesting content: something you like or need for your job.
The internet, finding interesting stuff to read and listen is the easiest thing to do, especially if you want to learn English.
Read and Listen and Write, start a blog or something,
Writing is extremely important, writing helps you remember longer,
Read, Listen, Write and Speak when you have a chance,
if you don’t have many speaking opportunities, then launch a YouTube channel or a podcast
No spaced repetition, no flashcards, no shadowing, no, instead, interesting online articles, blogs, movies, TED talks.
Here is your perfect method: read, listen and write daily and use monolingual learner’s dictionaries.
There aren’t many methods, there is only one method for mastering a foreign language,
and not just foreign languages:
Mastering the drums, losing weight, learning the moonwalk, mastering the high jump, there are no magic tricks, no revolutionary methods,
it is about copying the best and doing it again and again and again for at least 10,000 hours
The high jump: There are very few exceptions, in the case of the high jump there used to be different methods:
Starting with the Eastern cut-off, then the Western roll, followed by the Straddle technique until Dick Fosbury introduced the Fosbury Flop.
You could say that the Fosbury Flop revolutionized the high jump, of course thanks to the introduction of soft foam landing beds.
Yes, there are instances of new methods and techniques, but still
For the last 50 years the Fosbury Flop has been the dominant, only technique, the only way to clear 209cm and 245cm,
This is the technique, the only way to beat Stefka Kostadinova:
and Javier Sotomayor
In case of language learning, and learning in general, the Internet revolutionised education, but it is still about Reading and Listening to the target language as much as you can and using monolingual dictionaries, the core method hasn’t changed.