Thursday, 4 February 2016

In-built variety

Learning a language, you get bored. You know you do, admit it. But only if you are doing it wrong. If you do it right, you almost never get bored.

Boredom results from either doing something uninteresting, or doing something for too long. Or a combination of the two.

So the antidote—or answer—is self-evident. Do interesting things. Never do anything for too long at a time. And that means, unless you only do a little of one thing every day, that you need to build in a little variety. You need to be doing different things.

Variety is the spice of life. (No Spice Girls, sorry.)

The good news is that a language is used for many different things. Develop a taste for several of those areas of usage and vary your language diet.

News, entertainment, music, sport, fiction, nonfiction, magazine . . .

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