Lesson Transcript

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Okay, today’s topic is:
How to Learn a Language 2x Faster... By Learning in Pairs
And no, this does not mean… learning with another person. But, if you’re looking for a way to learn more, improve faster… and do both input and output, instead of just focusing on one language skill at a time — then this month’s episode is for you.
You’ll discover:
One: How Learning in Pairs Gets You Mastering More of the Language
And Two: How You Can Apply This Tactic To Your Learning
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So, how can you learn a language in pairs?
Part 1: How Adding a Human Dynamic Boosts Your Motivation
First, what’s learning in pairs exactly?
Think about it. When we study a language, a lot of the time, we focus on one skill at a time, right? For example, one day, you’ll focus on grammar. Another day, you’ll focus on speaking. For the most part, we only focus on 1 skill at a time.
Learning in pairs is combining 2 skills — pairing them up. For example, reading and writing, listening and speaking, and grammar and vocabulary. Just like that.
Why do this? Is there anything wrong with focusing on one thing at a time? Not at all. Any time you spend learning is time well spent, but learning in pairs has some advantages… and can help you master a language faster.
Number one: it’s a better use of your time. For example, instead of spending 10 minutes on a word list, you can spend 5 minutes reviewing and the other 5 minutes saying those words out loud. So that would involve vocabulary and speaking. So, you improve two skills at the same time. And, you end up remembering the words better because you’re practicing them in 2 different ways.
Number two: You're forced to do input and output. Input is where you take the language in, like reading or listening… and output, where you produce the language, like, speaking or writing.
That way, you get to practice what you learn… instead of just passively taking it in. And passively taking things in isn’t the best way to actually speak the language fluently. You need practice. So by including output, you’re actively including practice into every session that you do.
And number three: Learning in pairs breaks up the monotony of doing one thing at a time.
You might also wonder, “Do the skills have to be related?” They can be. Like, listening and speaking. Or reading and writing. But it’s really up to you and what works for you.
In the next part, we’ll show you some examples of pairs, and how to practice them with our program.
But to recap, learning in pairs means…pairing up two skills - like reading and writing, speaking and listening, grammar and writing, grammar and speaking, as well as other variations that you can come up with.
So, if you read for 5 minutes, you should also write for 5 minutes … or speak for 5 minutes, Instead of reading for 10 minutes.
Plus, words and grammar rules tend to stick better when you practice them in different ways. This is a learning tactic called “interleaving.”
So, here’s how you can learn in pairs with our learning program…
Part 2: How You Can Apply This Tactic To Your Learning
First, for listening and speaking…
Take our audio and video lessons, listen to the conversations and shadow along — or repeat what you hear. To make it easier, download the dialogue tracks, which give you just the conversations, and listen and shadow along with them.
For reading and writing, you can read the lesson dialogue, and then write it out. You can do this with the line-by-line dialogue or with our lesson notes.
So, reading and writing, listening, and speaking. These are the most obvious pairs to do. You can also try… grammar and speaking.
For every grammar rule you learn in our lessons, spend an equal amount of time creating and saying example sentences out loud. For example, if you learned the potential form... “I am able to...” Or “I can,” come up with and say lines like, “I am able to… run fast, I am not able to run fast, I can jump, I cannot jump”...and then say them out loud.
You can also do this while pairing grammar and writing. For every rule, you learn in our lessons, write out the example sentences.
Next, you can also try… vocabulary and speaking. Use our free vocabulary lists. Review them first for 5 minutes and then spend the next 5 minutes saying them out loud.
You can also try listening and writing.
If you're an intermediate or an advanced learner, listen to a lesson conversation, and write it out as you hear it. Or, if you want something easier, play our Vocabulary Builder lessons where you hear just the words and write them out.
These are just a few examples of how to learn in pairs. Feel free to create other pairs that we haven’t mentioned. And let us know which ones you came up with and how they worked for you - leave a comment.
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Next time, we’ll talk about… The Halfway Point &How to Keep Going with Language Learning
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