Why do lots of language learners fail?

Mistake 1

Lots of students make the mistake to study vocabulary isolated and unnaturally like:

WORD - TRANSLATION.

For example the English word "street" is translated in French with "rue". So, often we try to memorize the isolated pair:

the street - la rue. 

But our brain does not really like this way of learning and it refuses to put this pair in your long-term memory. But why?

Because this kind of simple mapping "the street - la rue" is boring for our brains. Context or images are missing. Your brain needs context or images! Of course you can imagine an "apple" and try to link it to the phrase "la pomme", but with abstract words like "safety", "fun", "suspicion" or "generousness" this becomes more difficult. You need (con-) texts and avoid isolation! But with LWST this does not happen! 

 

Mistake 2

An other dead end of language learning is to focus too much on grammar. Why? 

Of course, grammar is important, but it is an attempt to structure a human language in a kind of "mathematical order" finding regularities or patterns. Usually you have to deal with tons of grammar rules and even more exceptions. Hard to learn, ineffective and a bit useless for communication. Language is made by people, and they do not care about rules and patterns. You have to accept the language how it is spoken and used.  There is no reason or logic why in German "der Mond" is masculine and in French "la lune" is feminine. Still accept it. 

So, combining mistake 1 and 2 has the effect, that all fun of learning a new language is taken away. But with LWST this does not happen! 

 

Mistake 3

No regularity and continuity in learning!  If you enter the path of sporadic learning, you won't be successful!  You need to be organized, you need repetition, and you have to have a plan.

Example: If you want to run a marathon, you have to make a training plan that goes over several months, and stick to it. Further, you have to train your muscles, increase endurance and speed. So, with sporadic training you will never run a marathon, and you'll fail. You need training, you need repetition, you need continuity and you need time. The same holds for language learning. It is also a kind of marathon, which requires the mentioned conditions!

 

  

LWST helps students to catch up!

Description of a well-known phenomenon:

In school, college or university students often run into problems, because they don’t like the instructor or basically do not pay attention in the first lectures. And then it goes downhill from there. After a while they try to catch up, but this is often “hell”. Learning the old vocabulary and additionally the new at the same time seems to be an overkill. So, how to solve this problem and help the student?

Solution: Regularity + Discipline + Endurance + LWST (min. daily LWST of 15-25 min) … it is hard work, but it will work!

Start with a current text from the lecture. In this text you’ll find old and new vocabulary together. Decode this text with LWST, i.e., translate word by word. Then add the audio file to your text and do minimum of 15-20 active reading with LWST (use annotated text + audio). When you understand what you read, you learn automatically.

The secret is to focus on text combined with the audio, i.e., actively intensively listening and simultaneously reading of the decoded text. Doing that procedure regularly with every text that is used in class, then success is granted and also the fun and good grades' comes automatically!

It is hard work, requires discipline, but is the ultimate recipe to solve the “catch up problem”. 

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