Last year was incredibly busy, but productive and fun. My little daughter had just turned two. She was enrolled in early development programs with a “Kindergarten is Too Late” approach. We had no nannies or grannies to help clean our apartment or feed a hungry husband…
Last year was incredibly busy, but productive and fun.
My little daughter had just turned two. She was enrolled in early development programs with a “Kindergarten is Too Late” approach. We had no nannies or grannies to help clean our apartment or feed a hungry husband (a standard set of responsibilities for a Russian housewife on maternity leave).
Even with these seemingly overwhelming responsibilities, I was determined to learn new languages. Five languages, to be exact.
And why would I want to learn five languages?
It all started with the Michael Erard’s book "Babel No More." If you love learning languages but hesitate to study more than one or two, you must read this book.
"Babel No More" draws upon the concept of neuroplasticity. Today, many of us memorize very little information. Why bother if all information is within arm’s length?
Learning a foreign language after graduation is one of the few ways for us Millennials to train our memories. A good memory is extremely important for everyone during retirement years. We take pleasure in training our bodies, but we neglect to train our brains, even though learning a second language is such a simple way to stay sharp throughout our lives.
So, I opened my laptop and made a simple list of the languages I wanted to learn:
- Monday — German
- Tuesday — Spanish
- Wednesday — French
- Thursday — Chinese
- Friday was free until August. Then I wrote Czech in the blank.
I thought about learning Japanese, but I decided that this language should be learned in a calmer, quieter setting.
I can now speak all five of these languages with varying degrees of fluency:
- German (B2)
- Spanish (A1)
- French (A2)
- Chinese (B2)
- Czech (A2)
In the process, I improved my memorization skills, and learned how to make the most of my freetime. Alongside all that, I gave my little Varvara (age 2) English classes.
My solution to improving learning? Time management for a polyglot!
Here’s how to follow such an intense schedule:
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