Learn a language in one minute a day?

It’s 2019! The New Year is upon us and with it new goals, personal challenges and expectations. I’m sure for many students and teachers on Verbling, focusing on their language learning is amongst their goals. After all according to The Telegraph the ten most common New Year’s Resolutions are as follows with language learning featuring at number five:

  1. Exercise more
  2. Lose weight
  3. Eat more healthily
  4. Take a more active approach to health
  5. Learn a new skill or hobby
  6. Spend more time on personal wellbeing
  7. Spend more time with family and friends
  8. Drink less alcohol
  9. Stop smoking
  10. Other
It is, however, as many of us know, incredibly hard to keep up with our chosen resolutions, we find we are often too busy or lose interest too quickly. Yet, perhaps there’s a solution.
In Japanese culture there exists the practice of Kaizen, which includes the idea of the ’one-minute principle’ for self-improvement. Kaizen originated in Japan. The word itself contains two roots — ‘kai’ (change) and ‘zen’ (wisdom). At the heart of this method is the idea that a person should practice doing something for a single minute, every day at the same time. Surely this is much less trouble than practising something for half an hour or even an hour a day? Anyone should be able to focus without any misgivings for just 60 seconds. In taking one little step at a time, you may achieve great results. It’s important to overcome that lack of confidence you might have in your own abilities, as well as free yourself from those feelings of guilt and helplessness. You need to experience a sense of victory and success to move forward and one minute a day can give you that. When you’re inspired by such feelings, you will gradually begin to increase the amount of time you spend doing the task which you have set yourself — maybe at first just for five minutes more, but then this will soon turn into half an hour, and then even longer after that. In this way, the one-minute principle lets you see the progress you’re making right before your eyes.
Why not approach your language learning in this way? Supplement your Verbling classes by focusing on learning your language for just one minute a day. What about one minute of grammar practice? Or one minute of listening practice? Get yourself into a place where language learning becomes a part of your everyday routine. I think it’s worth a try.
Let me know if you give it a go!
January 9, 2019
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CELTA QUALIFIED NATIVE SPEAKER WITH 5 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE I teach the following: - Conversation - Listening - Phonics - Vocabulary - Reading comprehension - Grammar - CV and Interview Preparation - Tailored lessons (let me know what you need!) I have taught online for two years. I have experience with adults and children. I have helped students gain admittance into International Schools in Hong Kong and onto Master's Programmes in the UK (UCL). I have taught in Hong Kong as a fully time teacher for children aged 2-17. I taught private classes as well as group classes and all sorts of lessons, including reading comprehension, grammar, conversation and phonics. I have taught in Nepal and Africa also, as part of charity initiatives and as a long term volunteer teacher in Ghana. I always find teaching to be an incredibly rewarding experience. I enjoy learning about different cultures and countries and have very much enjoyed teaching abroad. I enjoy helping people learn as ...
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English
globe
United Kingdom
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Speaks:
English
Native
,
French
A2
,
Welsh
A2
CELTA QUALIFIED NATIVE SPEAKER WITH 5 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE I teach the following: - Conversation - Listening - Phonics - Vocabulary - Reading comprehension - Grammar - CV and Interview Preparation - Tailored lessons (let me know what you need!) I have taught online for two years. I have experience with adults and children. I have helped students gain admittance into International Schools in Hong Kong and onto Master's Programmes in the UK (UCL). I have taught in Hong Kong as a fully time teacher for children aged 2-17. I taught private classes as well as group classes and all sorts of lessons, including reading comprehension, grammar, conversation and phonics. I have taught in Nepal and Africa also, as part of charity initiatives and as a long term volunteer teacher in Ghana. I always find teaching to be an incredibly rewarding experience. I enjoy learning about different cultures and countries and have very much enjoyed teaching abroad. I enjoy helping people learn as ...
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