How do you build a language learning routine?

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Hi guys


I am sure you have heard this question many times before but I am going to ask it anyway.


I have a couple of goals I want to hit and I am trying to build a language routine to do at least something every day but I keep getting myself really confused. 

What's your routine like,do you start with alphabet or phrases, or do you try listening first. I've learned a couple of words and phrases but I'm uncertain as to how to progress from here...


Kevwe A.

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Well, practicing the alphabet every day is a good thing to do. That way it stays fresh in your mind. Then maybe doing simple phrases everyday for some time and slowly working up to more complicated. Listening could be done in between that or even like while doing things like chores. Just some suggestions. 

Taylor Fabio

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I start with random words, basic verbs and pronouns :).... I try to learn a verb daily and use it during the day 

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Following this post since I am also hoping to build some kind of routine into an already busy schedule lol Great advice so far everyone!


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Jess.PWinkler wrote:

I start with random words, basic verbs and pronouns :).... I try to learn a verb daily and use it during the day

Thank you Jess, presently I've learned over 20 phrases in the space of two weeks and they've stuck. You can literally wake me up in the middle of the night, ask me to repeat them and I will.

As for usage, there's no one around me who speaks french but I do anyway

To my friends that is,and i always get the funny face. Thanks again!

Kevwe A.

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TaylorFabio wrote:

Well, practicing the alphabet every day is a good thing to do. That way it stays fresh in your mind. Then maybe doing simple phrases everyday for some time and slowly working up to more complicated. Listening could be done in between that or even like while doing things like chores. Just some suggestions.

Thank you so much for your reply Taylor,duly noted...

Kevwe A.

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Oghenekevwe wrote:
Jess.PWinkler wrote:
I start with random words, basic verbs and pronouns :).... I try to learn a verb daily and use it during the day

Thank you Jess, presently I've learned over 20 phrases in the space of two weeks and they've stuck. You can literally wake me up in the middle of the night, ask me to repeat them and I will.
As for usage, there's no one around me who speaks french but I do anyway
To my friends that is,and i always get the funny face. Thanks again!


I talk to myself to practice xD

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Oghenekevwe wrote:
TaylorFabio wrote:
Well, practicing the alphabet every day is a good thing to do. That way it stays fresh in your mind. Then maybe doing simple phrases everyday for some time and slowly working up to more complicated. Listening could be done in between that or even like while doing things like chores. Just some suggestions.

Thank you so much for your reply Taylor,duly noted...

you are welcome. I have troubles myself creating a good routine but those things have helped me. Just thought I would share them!

Taylor Fabio

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I feel if you want to built a routine in anything you need a desire or strong will, then discipline to built accountability and persistence so you don't give up when you hit boredom or any trouble. Hang in there they say you need to do something for 21 days for it to become a habit.

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Ari wrote:
I feel if you want to built a routine in anything you need a desire or strong will, then discipline to built accountability and persistence so you don't give up when you hit boredom or any trouble. Hang in there they say you need to do something for 21 days for it to become a habit.

Thanks Ari, discipline and persistence will definitely take you far in pursuit of your passion, desire or goals.

Kevwe A.

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A friend of mine has this theory, that in order to make something a habit or attain a large goal, one should do a tiny little bit of that activity but every single day. That relates also to language learning. She is trying to read a couple of books in the English language, and in order not to lose motivation, she sets a minimum goal of one page per day. One page seems to be nothing, that's why it is easier to complete this task and tick it on the to-do list. 

However, having read one page, you sort of break through the wall of laziness, and you read further and further. I believe this is a very helpful method to build a language learning routine. 



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Vladyslava wrote:

A friend of mine has this theory, that in order to make something a habit or attain a large goal, one should do a tiny little bit of that activity but every single day. That relates also to language learning. She is trying to read a couple of books in the English language, and in order not to lose motivation, she sets a minimum goal of one page per day. One page seems to be nothing, that's why it is easier to complete this task and tick it on the to-do list.

However, having read one page, you sort of break through the wall of laziness, and you read further and further. I believe this is a very helpful method to build a language learning routine.

Little drops,they say,can make a mighty ocean. Thanks for your input!

Kevwe A.

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Vladyslava wrote:

A friend of mine has this theory, that in order to make something a habit or attain a large goal, one should do a tiny little bit of that activity but every single day. That relates also to language learning. She is trying to read a couple of books in the English language, and in order not to lose motivation, she sets a minimum goal of one page per day. One page seems to be nothing, that's why it is easier to complete this task and tick it on the to-do list.

However, having read one page, you sort of break through the wall of laziness, and you read further and further. I believe this is a very helpful method to build a language learning routine.

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I have heard that if you do something every day for like 10 days or something it becomes a habit. It usually works so this sounds pretty similar. Then you can add more to it little by little. 

Taylor Fabio

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TaylorFabio wrote:
Vladyslava wrote:
A friend of mine has this theory, that in order to make something a habit or attain a large goal, one should do a tiny little bit of that activity but every single day. That relates also to language learning. She is trying to read a couple of books in the English language, and in order not to lose motivation, she sets a minimum goal of one page per day. One page seems to be nothing, that's why it is easier to complete this task and tick it on the to-do list.
However, having read one page, you sort of break through the wall of laziness, and you read further and further. I believe this is a very helpful method to build a language learning routine.
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I have heard that if you do something every day for like 10 days or something it becomes a habit. It usually works so this sounds pretty similar. Then you can add more to it little by little.


I actually heard that it's 28 days.  


I think doing a little every day (realistic little goals), and turning it into a habit helps. I also believe that setting some goals, and involving others in accountability also helps.

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meifeng wrote:
TaylorFabio wrote:
Vladyslava wrote:
A friend of mine has this theory, that in order to make something a habit or attain a large goal, one should do a tiny little bit of that activity but every single day. That relates also to language learning. She is trying to read a couple of books in the English language, and in order not to lose motivation, she sets a minimum goal of one page per day. One page seems to be nothing, that's why it is easier to complete this task and tick it on the to-do list.
However, having read one page, you sort of break through the wall of laziness, and you read further and further. I believe this is a very helpful method to build a language learning routine.
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I have heard that if you do something every day for like 10 days or something it becomes a habit. It usually works so this sounds pretty similar. Then you can add more to it little by little.

I actually heard that it's 28 days.
I think doing a little every day (realistic little goals), and turning it into a habit helps. I also believe that setting some goals, and involving others in accountability also helps.

I've heard It's 90 days, now i wonder which is solid.

Kevwe A.

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I thought it was 10,000 hours. 



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leosmith wrote:
I thought it was 10,000 hours.


We are talking about the time it takes forming habits, not mastery... or world domination.

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For me, I would prefer to start with listening first to familiarize with those phrases. Then, I will listen to my favorite songs from time to time. Sounds weird, but it's effective for me.

Charlyn Amoin

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meifeng wrote:

leosmith wrote:

I thought it was 10,000 hours.

We are talking about the time it takes forming habits, not mastery... or world domination.

Leo is in another dimension Meifeng

Kevwe A.

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I started with listening to podcasts before then taking basic self-study courses. For listening practice, I used to do it every morning, usually on my way to work but I wasn't able to keep up. Personally, I don't think I'm good at intentionally keeping a routine. lol

Everyday is a learning journey. Keep going!


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