A friend of mine asked me if i don’t have any method for people who want to learn languages by doing nothing and i thought i should make a post on this topic.
Now, basically, if you do nothing, you won’t really learn a language so all the ideas/tips/methods that i’m going to present need a minimum of energy, like:
- wanting to learn a language
- staying in bed, or at your desk
- watching a screen
- clicking every now and then
- looking for some some stuff once in a while
- checking your phone
- paying attention as much as possible
Memrise requires a lot of energy sometimes so why not use Semper for example? Semper is an app that makes you translate 1 word by choosing from 4 possible answers every time when you check your phone.
Also, there are many apps that take some space from your background and once a day (or multiple times) change the word that’s there.
9000 words has the setting to send you 1 new word as a notification, all you gotta do is to check your phone. Simple as that.
And if you feel like you want more, there are many videos on youtube where you listen to them. Pod101 is a good yt channel for learning vocab. Also, they have audio files too.
Also, audiobooks/courses. You just do your thing and listen to it.
Flewent is an extension that changes a certain % of what you read in your target language. You procrastinate while reading articles from buzzfeed and at the same time, you learn new vocab.
Many people make videos with explanations. You just sit and listen to it. If you can multitask, then play on your phone, clean, cook, whatever you have/want to do.
Audiobooks/courses were made to just listen to them + if you listen to something while you’re out, people will avoid you thinking that you’re busy.
Download some cheat sheets and hang them around your room. When you’re bored, just look at them. How often do you check the fridge? Add some grammar on it.
Find a pdf, find a site for speed reading, set how fast you want to read and just stay and look at the screen. You don’t even scroll down or flip the page.
Reading subtitles is still reading so you can find a movie/show with subs in your target language and enjoy watching it.
Watch movies/shows but dubbed or originally made in your target language.
Listen to songs and find videos with lyrics too so you also practice reading and if you find it with translations after, *bam*, you just found a way to practice vocab too.
Talk to yourself. Try to talk to yourself as much as possible and if you don’t know a word, add it in another language. If you feel wild, look for it.
Sing for improving your pronunciation if you like doing this.
Whatever you write in general, try to write it in your target language. Your grocery list, your appointments, some important dates etc. you already have to write them down so why not in your target language?