Here are over 64 language learning concepts, by making yourself aware of them, your subconscious mind will assist your conscious mind.

 

CONCEPTS TO HELP THE HUMAN MIND LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

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This is a list of ideas, maybe we could call them concepts collected as I have traveled the planet for over 16 plus years, and visited 107 countries as of January 2, 2015, I am Andy Lee Graham, CEO, Travel Blogger of HoboTraveler.com. Travel Blog

It is my personal belief that the power of the mind is almost unlimited, yet the conscious mind can strangely stop it by trying to understand, which creates stress, whereby the mind closes the gates to protect the mind. Freud called these ego-defense mechanism.

Therefore, please just read them from time to time, make your conscious mind read them, and allow your subconscious mind use cognitive dissonance slowly put together the pieces.

Read them, yet don't study them, just make yourself aware, if even a little overwhelmed, take a study break. This is a work in progress, subsequently as there are new concepts realized, they will be altered, changed, or added.

Thank you, Andy Lee Graham 1-260-624-4414


  1. Immersion: To be in a place where there is absolutely nobody that speaks your language, and the value of your native language is zero.
  2. Story tell a word: Tell people the story on how you learned specific words, the telling of the story will assist your mind in remembering the word.
  3. Lips Learner versus Word Learners - Some people need to look at the lips of a person to learn, others need to see the word spelled.
  4. Pain: You have to go to places where you feel inadequate, and you do not understand the language, the brain corrects and learns faster.
  5. Spaced Repetition: We learn better when repetition of words is separated by extremely different activities. Seperate memory card repetitions by activities that are not related. W
  6. Confusion principal: Read papers, markets, search for things, write letters, the brain operates better and more like a child when semi-overstimulated, this is part of language immersion.
  7. Need Principal: Immersion language learning works because of the need principal, if we immerse ourselves with people who do not speak English, then we need to use the local language. This poignant need for words like toilet forces us to adapt, learn, and accept the words.
  8. Interaction principal: You must have a reason to talk, and the best way to learn another language, is to teach your native language.
  9. Subjected to principal: If you are subjected to a sign, or newspaper you will learn.
  10. Rote memory: Write out new language words 20 time, saying, speaking, listening, hearing, seeing.
  11. Emotions principal: The more emotions involved in learning a word, the more likely we will learn. If you are in a fight using foreign language words, you will remember the words.
  12. Associations principal: The more associations we have with the word the better. The more memories that surround the word, the more you remember the new words in a foreign language.
  13. Memories: Write down all words at the moment you experience and try to associate the memory with the word.
  14. Write down principal: Write down every word you learn, where, when, so you have an association.
  15. Subtitles principal: Watch a lot of TV with sub-titles, and read the foreign language words as you watch.
  16. Girlfriend, Boyfriend. Love will definitely make you learn a foreign language.
  17. Communication in writing: Write emails to friends in their language.
  18. Write book: Pretend you are writing a book, this will be used to teach a person how to learn LANGUAGE, when you are done the book will have so many ways you learn, that you will have taught yourself.
  19. Carry principal: Carry a pen, paper, and dictionary at all times.
  20. Avoid: Any place where everyone goes to learn LANGUAGE. i.e. Antigua Guatemala there is too much English.
  21. Grouping principal: Group words by category. i.e. all the words related to cleaning your clothes.
  22. Signs principal: Read all the signs along the road, the more times you see them, the more you will learn.
  23. Hearing principal: listening to people, helps you learn the sounds, the methods, etc.
  24. Grammar Principal: Learn grammar from English speaker, so they can explain, learning grammar in your own language is faster.
  25. English teacher: Learn grammar to start
  26. LANGUAGE only teacher: After you know the grammar, switch to a LANGUAGE teacher.
  27. Pay money principal: people that pay a lot of money, feel an obligation to learn, therefore they learn.
  28. Talk Fast principal: Try to talk as fast as possible so you so not translate in your head.
  29. Go to Country Principle: It is easier to learn in the country the language is spoken, then outside the country.
  30. Buy principal: To buy something everyday, this forces you to interact with many people and talk the foreign language.
  31. Common areas. Sit in the common areas of hotels, or houses., do not hide in your room, this forces you to talk the foreign language.
  32. Notes principals: Take all your notes in the foreign language.
  33. Touch principal: Touch everything, and say the word in the language you wish to learn, the uses of all your senses increases memory
  34. Translation principal: Help translate menus, signs for hotels from the from the foreign language, to English..
  35. Permission principal: Give your friends permission to correct you in the language you wish to learn.
  36. Collect problems principal: Make a list of problems, when close to a bilingual person, have them explain the answers.. You need to find a person that speaks your language, and the language you wish to learn.
  37. Throw away principal: Throw away all books, and materials you have to read in your native language.
  38. Corrections principal: Write letter, etc, and than have a person correct them for you. You will see your errors.
  39. Errors principals: The more errors you make, the more you will learn. To error is good.
  40. Native words: Never use a word from your native language, intermixed with the language you wish to learn, this is not speaking a foreign language, it is gibberish.
  41. Music: Listen to music in the foreign language you wish to learn.
  42. Job principal: Find a job a that forces you to speak in the foreign language you wish to learn, you will learn quickly
  43. Labels: label all your stuff in the language to learn.
  44. Talk to yourself principal: Talk to yourself out loud in language to learn.
  45. Suffix, Prefix: Study all the endings and beginnings.
  46. Phrase book: use various dictionaries, etc, because you will get bored with one.
  47. Boredom principal: Change routines constantly, so you learn new words.
  48. Parallel Book: Have language on one side, and English on the other, there are Gideon Bibles that are written this way.
  49. Exchange, where I talk for one hour (LANGUAGE), and the other person talks for one hour (English)
  50. Software: Load programs into your computer, and choose a different language.
  51. Teach: Teach you native language, and you will learn theirs.
  52. Card Principal: Put words on cards, and have the translation on the back. Review
  53. Opposites:  Put all the word together that are opposites. Example: Yes / No    White / Black  Go / Stop
  54. Arguments: Get in discussions where you will argue. The words you learn will be remembered.
  55. Collect Principal: Collect in a tablet, or computer all the words you have learned. Call them the words you OWN.
  56. Coffee Club Jumping - Go from one group of people to another all day. Stop and learn their basic conversations.
  57. Want to teach principal. Find only people that want to teach you the language. Avoid the ones that make jokes or work against you.
  58. Small dictionary Principle. Always have a dictionary on your body, maybe in your pocket or fanny pack.
  59. Frustration Principle. The more you feel frustrated the more you are learning.
  60. Sleeping dictionary. Get a girlfriend or boyfriend and sleep with them. This person must only speak one language.
  61. Make Flash Cards - Do not buy, you make them, the process of making them will help you learn.
  62. Dictionary Phrase Principal. Learn the phrase in the language. "What is this?" and all the people around you will become a dictionary.
  63. Please write it down principal. Learn "Please write it down."
  64. Translate Please Phrase: - Learn "Please translate.." and "into X language" - Need to say their language.
  65. CD ROM: Listen to words on CD ROM or DVD
  66. Natural Learners Problem: Avoid these people. There are people that are naturals, they learn quickly, they do not study, they are annoying quick. Normally they will travel to a country where they are good at the language. The do not help you learn because they do not understand why they learned or how. They can be very helpful in vocabulary.
  67. Recall versus Recognition, there is a huge difference between being able to recognize the word, and to recall it on demand.
  68. Need for Daily Affirmation: Please count, review, and pleasure yourself in how many words you know daily, this is one of many rewards of learning a language. We need to feel the progress of learning.
  69. Espanglish, speaking a little of Spanish, and a little of English is habit forming, and cannot be tolerated. Speak Spanish, or speak English, however avoid Espanglish speaking, this is habit that almost is impossible to break.
  70. Never Translated Words: If we are in country, and we point at something, we can learn the word, and never translate it into English.

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