Lesson Transcript


Chigusa: Listeners, what was the last word or phrase you learned?
Peter: Do you remember?
Chigusa: In this Sunday News, you’ll discover...
Peter: Why answering this simple question... is one of the best ways to learn and retain language...
Chigusa: And how to stay accountable with language learning…
Peter: So that you actually walk away learning more of the language...
Chigusa:.. Instead of forgetting everything…
Chigusa: Welcome to Innovative Language Learning Sunday News! I'm Chigusa and I'll be your host. My co-host today is the founder of InnovativeLanguage.com... Peter Galante!
Peter: Hi everyone! Peter here.
Chigusa: So, listeners, what was the last word or phrase you learned?
Peter: If you’re listening to this Sunday news on the site, leave us a comment and tell us what it is.
Chigusa: And if not… be sure to visit and leave a comment. So, Peter, why ask this question?
Peter: Well, Chigusa, have you ever read a book,... or watched a movie…. and afterward you felt like you didn’t learn or retain anything?
Chigusa: Yes, I have. I think that’s the case with most of the classes that I’ve taken.
Peter: And it’s disappointing, right? You take time to sit down and learn… but it doesn’t stick.
Chigusa: Yes, it is very disappointing.
Peter: So, when it comes to language, you should ask the question, “What was the last word I learned?” for two reasons. First, by forcing yourself to remember… you actually end up remembering that word.
Chigusa: Ah yes… that’s a learning tactic called active recall, right?
Peter: Exactly. Active Recall is where you test yourself and try to remember. And the second reason is... it’s accountability. Chigusa, you want to walk away feeling like you actually learned something, right?
Chigusa: Right.
Peter: So if you stop and ask... “What was the last word I learned,” you start holding yourself accountable. You give yourself time to make sure that you picked up something from that lesson… instead of just reading and hoping that it sticks.
Chigusa: That’s a good point. I think it’s very easy to come across a new word and hope you remember it for good… but it doesn’t work that way.
Peter: You want to get into the habit of doing this anytime you’re learning something new.
Chigusa: Peter, do you do this too?
Peter: I do. I have a personal rule of doing 50% input and 50% output. Where I spend half of my time, 50%, learning the language, and the other 50% doing output, speaking, writing, or testing myself.
Chigusa: Ok, so if you only spend 20 minutes on learning today...
Peter: Then I’ll spend the first 10 minutes reading or listening, and the next 10 on speaking or writing. I mean, It could be even less. If you can only fit in 6 minutes, try 3 and 3. Or if you cannot do output one day, spend Monday doing input and then the next day doing output.
Chigusa: So, you’re always testing or practicing to see what you’ve retained.
Peter: Exactly. You always want to include testing or practice in every session. So listeners…. If you want to walk away feeling like you’ve learned something…
Chigusa: Here’s what you can do with our learning program
Peter: Number one: After every lesson… or anytime you learn…
Chigusa: ...ask yourself, “What words, phrases, and grammar rules did I learn here?”
Peter: Two: Write them down or … Leave a comment on a lesson... using the words you’ve learned. Now, if you’re a Premium PLUS member, you can text your teacher which is even better because you can get actual feedback. Again, again try to do this from memory.
Chigusa: And if you leave us a comment on a lesson, our teachers will get back to you with feedback and corrections. So that’s another good reason to leave a comment.
Peter: Three: Take the assessments inside of our recommended learning pathways.
Chigusa: Assessments test you on what you’ve learned in the last few lessons… so that you don’t forget what you learned…
Peter: ...and it’s how our learning program holds you accountable…
Chigusa: So you don’t have to remember to stop and ask yourself what you’ve learned.
Peter: Four: Send the lesson vocabulary to your flashcards...
Chigusa: ...where you can drill and review the words later on.
Peter: And five: Take the assignments that your Premium PLUS teacher sends you.
Chigusa: The point here is to hold yourself accountable…. And test your language skills…
Peter: ...so that you can walk away knowing that you’ve learned something for good.
Chigusa: So, what was the last word or phrase you learned? Leave us a comment.


Chigusa: Okay, well that’s going to do it for this edition of Innovative Language Learning Sunday News!
Peter: Bye everyone!
Chigusa: Thank you for listening, and we’ll see you all next time.