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How to Learn a New Language Faster

Because of the diversity of cultures and races in Singapore, you’re bound to learn a word or two from a language aside from your own native tongue. Though English is commonly spoken, sometimes you can come across Mandarin or Malay words and phrases just as well. Anyway, you must already know that learning how to speak another language can have many advantages. Whether you’re learning one to improve your career opportunities or you simply enjoy learning languages, here are some things to help you!

Take advantage of the internet

Nowadays, it’s very easy to reach out to a native speaker of your target language. There’s already an abundance of language learning websites and applications you can use to learn and practice. If you want to learn a language faster, finding someone online to teach you can be a great idea. More than anything, you should use as many resources as you can, and the internet is probably the best to have.

Set goals for yourself

One of the primary things you should really do is to set goals for yourself. At first, your goal can be as simple as learning how to say “Hi, my name is _” fluently in your target language. Setting goals is really more important than you think because they can be constant motivators. Think of it this way, if you don’t have goals, how will you know what you want to achieve and how will you track your progress?

Try to use the language as much as you can

If you have a friend who’s a native speaker of your target language, then ask him/her if you can practice together. Maybe you can speak to him/her in that language every time you’re together. If you don’t have someone to speak to as of the moment, you can still practice in your mind. Language learning is really all about repetition. If you want to learn one faster, you have to use and practice it constantly.

Don’t worry about mistakes

Sometimes, people become afraid of practicing their target language because they’re afraid of making mistakes. But, it’s actually way better if you do since you’ll at least learn to correct is as early as possible. Plus, the native speakers will surely understand that you’re still learning the language and will usually be willing to correct you and help you out.

Learn conversational words first

One common reason why language learning is delayed for many people is because they learn the wrong words first. A lot of people learn the word for “spoon”, “dog”, “brother”, etc. which aren’t necessarily important at first. This is why people recommend learning the 100 most common words of a language first. Usually, those consist of conversational terms like, “hello”, “where is the _?”, “I like _” and etc.

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How to Find More Time Despite a Busy Schedule

In this day and age, having nothing to do is now something that everybody envies. This is because we rush from work to home and to the next activity that we could find ourselves occupying to the point that we think that our schedules are fully booked for the week.

But there’s no need to fret. In fact, there’s a good chance that you have a little more free time than you think.

Here’s how you can find it (and use it to your advantage):

1. Find the in-between moments. These can be during your commute to and from work or having lunch with a friend, or getting ready for work or just the day in general. While you would think this transition is wasted time, you can actually use this as your chance to catch up on some reading, enjoy the music in your headphones, or even simply taking a few minutes of quiet meditation.

2. De-clutter your schedule. Is your calendar packed with all kinds of meetings, tasks, projects, and appointments? Then start prioritizing. You can do this by comparing the different dates – the ones that are nearest are the ones you should prepare for first, and focus on one of these activities at a time. If you’re jam-packed with tasks, do the biggest and most important ones first, and work your way towards the least important ones.

3. Take a good look at your routine. If you think your everyday routine takes up too much time, chances are that there’s a particular reason why it is that way. Ask yourself: is there a better way of getting ready or doing things? If there is, what changes can be made? What should be put first, and what can be cut off and done last? Once you’ve made these changes, you’ll notice that going about your day is much easier.

4. Learn to say “no”. Whether it’s taking on extra tasks or nodding to everything asked of you, you need to learn your threshold and be really protective about your time – and more so, since you don’t have a lot of it. If it’s not that important or you have something crucial that needs to be worked on, there’s no need to apologize when you say “no”. Just do it politely and gently. Once you explain that you’re busy, and people will understand.

5. Cut out distractions. Finally, once all your attention is focused towards the tasks you need to finish, you’ll notice that a lot of your time can actually be spent on emails, notifications, or even just time-wasters by browsing the internet for “a few minutes”. Visual clutter is perhaps the biggest time sink that you can encounter, but when you organize everything and actively keep your attention to your tasks, you’ll have more time saved for the things you want to do.