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Intro

Becky:
Welcome to a special Inner Circle Audio Lesson! I'm Becky and I'll be your host. My co-host today is the founder of InnovativeLanguage.com... Peter Galante!
Peter:
Hi everyone! Peter here.
Becky:
In this Inner Circle, we’re talking about….
Peter:
Your Step by Step Path to Reaching Language Goals.
Becky:
You’ll Learn...
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One, All About the Learning Paths Study Tool...
Becky:
Two, How Peter Reached His Language Goal with It...
Peter:
And Three, How You Can Use Learning Paths...
Becky:
All so you can master your target language and reach your goals!
Body
Becky:
Listeners, welcome back to the Inner Circle.
Peter:
Last time, you learned why most learners are NOT getting the most value
Becky:
...out of their study time...
Peter:
....and why you should time yourself to master your target language..
Becky:
So last time, Peter, you promised....
Peter:
...to read 60 Chinese lesson dialogs.
Becky:
Man, you are really just living life to the fullest this July.
Peter:
...2 a day Becky! I 2 a day and I did it; it’s easily doable if you break it down!
Becky:
Okay, I take it you reached your goal then?
Peter:
I did.
Becky:
You know, you had a hard time reaching 60 audio lessons in a month.
Peter:
Becky, but that was May.
Becky:
And that was for listening, which is fairly easy, I think. But you hit this goal, even though reading’s a lot harder... right?
Peter:
Exactly, Becky. But that’s because of some of the lessons I learned along the way.
Becky:
Oh?
Peter:
So, no question about it; reading, at least reading Chinese... is tough. Last month, listeners...
Becky:
...we talked about timing yourself...
Peter:
...right, I timed my reading sessions. It took me 7 times longer to fully master a dialogue when reading. I had to go back and forth between the romanizations, the dictionary and the grammar sections in the Lesson Notes.
Becky:
That’s a lot of going back and forth. So what lessons did you apply?
Peter:
First, since I already KNEW Intermediate was tough, I went down to the Upper Beginner Level.
Becky:
Oh, that’s a nice, realistic approach.
Peter:
I took it down a notch. Reading 60 Intermediate lessons in 1 month...
Becky:
....probably would be unrealistic...
Peter:
So, I adjusted.
Becky:
Smart, Peter.
Peter:
Thank you, Becky. Second, to hit 60 lessons... I needed a checklist of all 60 lessons. A path I could see in front of me. Lesson 1, 2, 3, 4... up to 60.
Becky:
Ah, so you knew what lesson to do now, what’s next.
Peter:
Right, having A PATH to follow makes reaching goals so much easier.
Becky:
Yeah, you don’t have to think about it. No confusion about where to go next. It’s all in front of you.
Peter:
And that’s the topic of today’s Inner Circle.
Becky:
Your Step by Step Path to Reaching Language Goals.
Peter:
Let’s jump into the first part.
Becky:
One, All About the Learning Paths Study Tool.
Peter:
So, listeners, if you didn’t know, there’s a Premium study tool called Learning Paths on the site.
Becky:
Ah, I see what you mean now, yes! With learning paths, you get all kinds of courses... or paths, based on your level and goal...
Peter:
Exactly. You have paths for Grammar, Conversation, Culture, Particles, Reading, Writing and much more.
Becky:
Listeners, you can find this study tool on the site, in the Lessons drop-down menu.
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Just hover over Lessons and click on Learning Paths.
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There you can browse through all the various courses you can take.
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And you can see how long each one is... like 50 lessons, 13 hours in total.
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Just click on the ones you want to study,
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Then you’ll see, kind of like a path or a checklist of lessons, the list of what you want to take, 1, 2, 3.. All the way to the end.
Becky:
That way, you know what lessons to take next and can visualize your path... or language journey.
Peter:
Perfect way of putting it, Becky. Being able to visualize what you need to do, where you need to go next...
Becky:
...it makes learning and going through the lessons so much easier!
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Then, when you select a Learning Path, click “Add to Dashboard.”
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This will add the Learning Path to your dashboard...
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....so you can easily jump into learning and track your progress.
Becky:
Okay, so how did you apply this?
Peter:
Let’s jump into the second part.
Becky:
How Peter Reached His Language Goal for the Month.
Peter:
So the power of Learning Paths is... they’re focused.
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You can study the topics you want.
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And at the level you want...
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Absolute Beginner, Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced.
Peter:
Now, in my case, my goal was to read 60 lesson dialogues. About 2 a day.
Becky:
60 is a lot.
Peter:
Exactly, Becky. But with Learning Paths I got the 60 lessons up front. Of course, I had to combine a few since they vary, but you can easily see how many lessons a Path includes. One Path may be 50 lessons, another 5, or another 10.
Becky:
Right. The path to 60 lessons is clearly laid out in front of you.
Peter:
All I had to do was read through the dialogues. It would take me about 7 to 10 minutes to master one on the first try.
Becky:
They’re quite short aren’t they? Like a few lines?
Peter:
Yep, they are, but I wanted to make sure I understood every word. So, I was switching between the dictionary and the romanized versions. And I was listening to the line-by-line audio to make sure I read the lines right. I read them out loud as well.
Becky:
7 minutes...oh, you timed yourself, just like we talked about in the last Inner Circle.
Peter:
And I re-read and reviewed them the next day. We mentioned that in the last lesson too.
Becky:
Did it take you as long?
Peter:
Nope. By the second day, I was down to 2 minutes. There are always a few words that just didn’t stick.
Becky:
Wow. Why were you able to read faster?
Peter:
Well, with reading, it’s a lot of work on the first try.
Becky:
Yeah, normally you have to define a lot of words.
Peter:
Right. But once you’ve done the work, it’s a lot easier the second time. I knew most of the words and grammar points already, and the jist of the conversation.
Becky:
It’s a good thing you timed yourself! From 7 minutes to 2 minutes. That’s progress!
Peter:
What gets measured.... Becky?
Becky:
...gets managed, Peter
Becky:
Didn’t... I.... say that last time?
Peter:
No, I’m pretty sure I was the one who said that last time. But Becky, I think it’s Peter Drucker that said it.
Becky:
Ohhh... Okay, Peter, Peter.... Drucker... not Peter Galante, I get it.
Peter:
And not Becky, either.
Becky:
So, once you measure and know the time it takes to master a lesson....
Peter:
....In my case, it was 7 minutes....
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...you can start improving upon it...
Peter:
...to 2 minutes. I’m verrrrry close to reading the dialogues again, without additional support.
Becky:
Nice! So that’s how you hit your goal for the month. Learning Paths.
Peter:
Well, remember, Becky. These were Beginner Level lessons.
Becky:
Oh, you took a bit of an easy learning path!
Peter:
Easy learning paths are good! But you’re right. Learning Paths gave me a clear path from lesson 1 to lesson 60. All I had to do was stick with it.
Becky:
Okay, now what about the listeners. How can they apply this?
Peter:
Let’s jump into part 3. So, listeners, what’s your monthly goal?
Becky:
If you have a goal of say doing 20 audio lessons for the month...
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..then all you really have to do is, pick a 20-lesson path that fits you best...
Becky:
...or you can combine a few...
Peter:
Or do part of one, and stick with it.
Becky:
What if it’s something like... mastering 3 minutes of conversation?
Peter:
Great question, Becky. The good news is... most of our lessons focus on conversation.
Becky:
...ah, unless they’re the video lessons dedicated to writing or grammar.
Peter:
Exactly. So, pick a path that interests you, for example, like the “Ultimate Getting Started,” and start with that learning path. Take the lessons in order.
Becky:
And in every lesson, you learn a conversation.
Peter:
It’s anywhere from a few seconds... to 30 seconds long, depending on the level.
Becky:
Then, just stick with the Learning Path...
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...until the conversations you master add up to 3 minutes.
Becky:
Done! You’ve hit your goal.
Peter:
Listeners, the same thing goes if you have a goal to learn 100 words in a month.
Becky:
In every lesson, you learn new vocab.
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So, as you learn them, save them to your WordBank.
Becky:
And once you’ve mastered all 100... you’re done for the month!
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I recommend using our Spaced Repetition Flashcards to master words fast.
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They sort your cards based on how well you know them, and display them as needed...
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...to get you to master them fast.
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So, the easy words you'll see less and less... but they’ll show up again sometimes to keep your mind fresh.
Peter:
And the tough words, the words you’re not so good at, you’ll see much more often, until you get to know them.
Becky:
Peter, what about the 2,000 core word list and the vocab lists? Listeners can use these to also master words. You know, instead lessons and learning paths?
Peter:
You’re right, Becky. But with lessons, you hear conversations with the words. There’s context.
Becky:
Ah, and the others - it’s mostly about drilling words.
Peter:
But really it’s up to the learner.
Becky:
Alright, listeners, be sure to take advantage of Learning Paths.
Peter:
You can find this study tool in the Lessons drop-down menu.
Becky:
Just hover over Lessons and click on Learning Paths.
Peter:
And there, you get focused paths... or courses based on your goals and needs.
Becky:
Peter, what about your goals? Tell us your next monthly goal.
Peter:
Okay, my next monthly goal is to review and make sure I know 500 words.
Becky:
That sounds great. Deadline?
Peter:
August 31st. These will be all the words I learned in these 60 lessons.
Becky:
Nice. And listeners, let us know what your goals are for the month.
Peter:
Email us at inner dot circle at innovative language dot com.
Becky:
And stay tuned for the next Inner Circle.

Outro

Becky:
Well, that’s going to do it for this special Inner Circle lesson!
Peter:
Bye everyone!
Becky:
Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you next time.

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In this Inner Circle Lesson, you’ll learn:

 

 

1. All About the Learning Paths Study Tool

2. How I Reached My Language Goal with It

3. How You Can Use Learning Paths

 

 

And listeners, let me know: How your goals are coming along?

Send me an email at:

inner.circle@innovativelanguage.com

See you next month!

Peter Galante, Founder
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