On the first day they were visited by a English friend who greeted them in English and complimented them on how quickly they’d picked up their first words and phrases.
They then learned the names of fruits and the numbers from one to a billion so that they could visit the English market (although they refrained from purchasing nine hundred thousand kumquats).
Displaying their haul after their first functional exchange in English, they beamed with pride and a palpable sense of accomplishment before marching back home to study further.On our second visit to the brother’s apartment 24 hours into the week, we found them sampling dozens of different kinds of English snacks.Like kids staring at the backs of cereal packs before heading to school,
the nutritional information and various special offers and competitions on the packaging were analysed during snack breaks.There was no moment of complete removal from the language learning process during the eight hours that the friends had allotted to it.They were constantly using their existing knowledge to support the ever-growing knowledge of English, this being the root of their success.
you will likely come across words that share common origins with your native tongue”The friends spent a lot of time engrossed in books or on their computers and apps, flicking and swiping their way through exercises eagerly, but at other times they were to be found searching busily for English radio stations and write-ups of English football games on the web.
There is no definitive method to learn a language fluentlyAll too often, people enter their weekly language class to converse with their teacher, but then barely have any contact with other speakers and that’s not enough.
The old saying that we can solve problems more effectively when we sleep on it may be especially true if the problem we’re trying to solve is learning a new language.
Researchers from two Swiss universities wanted to know if they could enhance the learning of words from a foreign language by exposing people to the words during non-rapid eye movement sleep the deep, dreamless sleep period that most of us experience during the first few hours of the night.