Why not get into language learning this winter? It’s a great way to stay cheerful at home. Language learning helps us de-stress and gives structure to our days – something that is particularly lacking for many of us at the moment.
Potentially very meditative, language learning gets us into ‘the flow state’: immersed in what we are doing; engaged, but not feeling pressured; just productive and making progress towards our goals.
Creating a regular routine is important for keeping our spirits up and very good for language-learning. So try to carve out a time-slot in your day that you can consistently dedicate to learning. Perhaps just 15 or 30 minutes a day, after lunch or before dinner? Whatever moment it is that best enables you to give learning your full attention.
Make sure that you have realistic goals and a clear path to achieving them. Clarity of purpose helps us to de-stress and focus on what we’re doing. Mini-goals are especially important when we are doing things on our own and need to work hard to stay motivated. The Rosetta Stone feature ‘Your Plan’ is designed to help with this and provides tailored learning plans, with scheduled lessons and goals.
Language learning also helps us get beyond our daily concerns and anxieties. Thinking of other worlds and cultures, gives us a broader perspective on the news and troubles of our own. Learning a new language is an opportunity to take an interest in another culture and to get excited about travelling there in the future.
“I’ve made a lot of progress in a short period of time, motivated by the thought of being able to travel to Italy again after the COVID-19 lockdown.”– 5 star google review
Any routine that takes us out of ourselves for a bit and helps us to forget our cares, is useful for de-stressing. The patterns of learning in the Rosetta Stone programme remain constant as you progress, so your language-learning sessions can follow a set structure. The immersive method is designed to stretch your mind, and work out definitions for yourself, but not too much. It’s a gentle challenge that aims to get you into the flow state where your mind is engaged and focused and learning, without any anxiety or stress.
Successful communication and making a connection with others is essential for our mental health. Affirmation and an external point of view are what we need to keep stress at bay and sometimes these needs can be very well served by conversations in your new language.
Conversational opportunities in your new language will always be available, if not in person, then online. Rosetta Stone coaching sessions provide this function for our learners, but there are limitless opportunities to find conversational practice online.
“During the lockdown I am finding it hard to practice speaking and listening as none of my family speaks the language. Rosetta Stone has really helped me improve on this”– 5 star google review
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