Check out Mango Writer Jillian Rodriguez's suggestions on how to help keep your language-learning resolution this year:
It’s 2014, and the adventure is just beginning. While the rest of the world is logging into fitness apps and super-gluing their piggy banks shut (okay, we’re doing those things too), Mangos across the world are setting new language-learning resolutions, and we’re here to help.
Did you vow to become proficient in Hindi by 2015? Make a bet with your friends that you’d learn to speak Pirate by Spring Break? Are you contractually obligated to learn conversational Spanish this year? No matter the resolution, we’ve got you covered. We’ll provide the revolutionary language learning tools; you provide the life changing experiences.
Pop, fizz, clink — 2014 is the year for language learners!
1. Set a Routine
The old adage rings as true as the New Year: it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks. Setting a simple, realistic routine for your schedule will create language learning habits that’ll last through the year and beyond. Experts agree that it takes about 21 days for a new habit to become routine, so during those three weeks, create a routine and stick to it.
2. Keep it Social
When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, your best bet is to keep it social. Sharing your goals with friends and families will help motivate you to stick to them, and better yet, it may motivate them to join the fun. You already know we’re here for you, why not make it the social event of the season? Mango allows you to earn social badges and share your language learning progress with friends via Facebook and Twitter from within the course. The more you share, the more they’ll care. And if you and your friends end up mastering a language together, jet-setting off to a new country, and having the time of your lives – well, you can’t say we didn’t warn you.
3. Chart Your Progress
Short term goals are achievable goals. Even if you set a particularly lofty goal (more power to you!), short term, attainable goals along the way will boost your confidence, fuel your motivation, and build your language learning block by block. With Mango’s intuitive language construction methodology, you’ll quickly learn a new language in brief, easy to understand lessons built around useful, conversation based skills. As always, attainable goals, steady progress, and intuitive learning are built into our products – but managing the humble-brags is all you.
4. Make it Fun
This part is easy. Language learning – especially with Mango – is already pretty fun. But to make your language learning adventure as fun as possible, we recommend you treat yourself. After each and every one of those short term goals we talked about, treat yourself to a language related reward. Did you just learn how to order an ice cream sundae in Spanish? Then go buy yourself one (sorry, weight loss resolutions!). Did you just complete your final Journey? Book that trip to Japan you’ve been talking about for years. Was your mind blown by a particularly eye opening Culture Note? Connect with someone across the world via snail mail or email, and swap some cultural knowledge.
Adventure waits – let the journey begin!