How to learn a language in record time

learn language

Why You Should Learn a Language

Culture influences how people interact with each other. In the business world, culture guides decision-making, behavior, thinking patterns and values. For some cultures, human connection, is more important than business credentials. The best way to fully immerse yourself in a new country and meaningfully connect with the people you meet, is to learn the language of the land.

How to Learn a Language, Fast.

Many of us simply don’t have the time to pick up a new language by intense studying so, here are some tips on picking up the basics in record time;

1.Apply the Pareto Principle

You absolutely do not need to learn all of the words of a language to speak it. If you apply the Pareto principle to vocabulary, 20% of the effort you spend on acquiring new words can give you 80% comprehension.

I recommend using the Anki app where you can make customised flashcards based on the things you are most likely to talk about. All that’s required here is a strategic approach to decide what you want to speak to people about in their native tongue and then practice, practice, practice.

2. Learn Cognates

“Cognates” are true friends of words from your native language that means the same thing in another language. England’s historic attempts to colonise most of the world, means there are numerous languages that share common words with the English language, a simple Google of these shared words can tremendously boost your vocabulary.

3. Use Mneomics

There is nothing more frustrating than forgetting a word you’ve practiced dozens of times. To prevent this memory block associate the word with a memorable or funny story. This method really works, you’ll need to recall the story only a few times before the word becomes a natural part of your ability to use the language quickly.

4. Have S.M.A.R.T goals

S.M.A.R.T. goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. What are you aiming for? And when do you want to do this by?

5. The Best Resources are Free

There is great stuff available for free online. You do not need to pay to learn a language.

A wonderful and completely free course that keeps getting better is DuoLingo – which I highly recommend for its selection of European languages currently on offer, with more on the way.

Other (good) alternatives include:

Hopefully, this helps you to learn a new language in record time! For more tips read this useful blog post by Tim Ferriss.


Author: Leila Mezoughi

Leila is PCA’s Head Editor and Researcher. She holds a 1st class Law with Business degree and became a published author at 25. Former crime investigator turned business journalist. On a mission to show businesses that presenteeism is a thing of the past. Everything seems impossible until it’s done. Typically found working from a white beach in South-East Asia embracing rapidly changing technology.

Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry

comments powered by Disqus

Share this blog

Our Posts

Why you should always lead with your values

Your values are an embodiment of your beliefs developed through your life, family and experiences....
Read more

How to influence in your emails

Email communication, just like other communication is about influence. The difference with email...
Read more

The Science of Unlocking your potential

The scientific secret to unlocking your potential is found in a phenomenon known as the Pygmalion...
Read more

Why Experiential Learning is the Future

Experiential learning, in it's simplified form, is learning by doing. Instead of sitting through...
Read more

4 traps that lead to bad decisions

As humans, we constantly fight to make objective decisions. We are impulsive, prone to distractions and...
Read more
How to learn a language in record time - PCA LAW