Anastasia Ivanova - author of the bestseller How to Stop Learning English and Start Living on It - just like most of us, she started every day and quit until she realized that she was doing something wrong. Anastasia answers the questions: why can't you learn English? How to turn it on in your daily life - and not turn it off again?
Step 1. We form neural connections and give free rein to endorphins
Neural connections are chains between nerve cells that are responsible for transmitting information. These connections are formed when we do something new. From a large number of new neural connections, the brain becomes plastic and "pumped". What new activities related to English can you incorporate into your life?
- Write posts on social networks in English
- Correspond with foreigners
- Listen to English-language podcasts
- Read original books and watch TV series with subtitles.
Make it harder to keep your brain from getting used to it. Make a plan not to do everything on one day, but to distribute the load evenly.
Step 2. Accelerate the formation of neural connections.
To speed up the formation of neural connections, practice regularly - introduce the rule of "15 minutes of English into your life."
What can you do in these 15 minutes?
- Use English-speaking Google
- Prepare lunch or dinner with an English recipe
- Listen and translate songs
- Read news in foreign media
- Read posts in English on social media.
Gradually, all the usual actions can be translated into English. Start by translating your smartphone's interface into English - that's good.
Step 3. Charge yourself with positive
English is not a routine, it's a pleasure! Stop scolding yourself for mistakes, and enjoy your successes; Encourage progress, even if it's just a clear meaning of a song without a translator and a page in any book without unfamiliar words.
Step 4. Combine language learning with fun.
No, this is not fantasy! You don't have to cry over the times to immerse yourself in language:
- Parse grammar for your favorite books or songs
- Repeat phrases after movie characters
- Read children's stories by role
- Chat with your pen pals about news that bothers you.
What shouldn't you do?
- Scold yourself for mistakes
- Be afraid of learning the language in a new format: reading books and watching films in the original, correspondence with native speakers, etc.
- Force yourself to learn dry grammar
- Remember English once a week
- Quit school halfway through and get upset about minor setbacks.
What does it mean to live in English?
- Praise yourself for every achievement, no matter how small
- Try new formats: chat with native speakers, watch movies with subtitles, switch your phone to English
- Choose to study those topics that you like
- Implementing the 15 Minutes Rule
- To not give up!