Investing your Time in Compound Language Learning
One of the things I’ve learned recently about language learning is the power of “compound language learning interest“. Read on to understand what I mean by that.
It sounds pretty self-evident when you say it, but if you do something small for your language learning goals repeatedly, the benefits accrue greatly over time. It’s obvious, but not everyone puts it into practice.
It’s like putting a little extra cash into an index investment fund… let’s say you put in just $5/day… at the end of 40 years, you’d have almost a million bucks if you could make 10 percent interest. Change that to just $10/day, and you’re now talking about a small fortune. It adds up greatly over time.
Compound Language Learning
The same compound interest principle applies to language learning.
Let’s take an example:
Spend just 2-3 minutes a day studying Anki flashcards, and at the end of a year, you have a ton of new phrases and sentences learned of a new language. Sure, it’s not the same as being fluent, but it’s much better than you were a year ago.
Ways to Build Up Language Learning Investments
If you repeat something – no matter how small – regularly, it adds up immensely over time. Here is one way to do that:
Study three cards a day with words/phrases/sentences on them. You’ll be speaking Spanish like loco in six months.
You get the idea.
How to Create Language Learning Habit Investments
It’s pretty straightforward:
1. Choose a language learning habit that will help you reach your goals. If you stick with it long enough, what will it grow into? Is that what you want?
2. Do just 1-2 minutes of it. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Just do a couple of minutes of it today.
3. Set a daily reminder. For example, if you want to do this daily at 5:45pm, set a reminder for that time and stick to that.
4. Watch this grow. If you just do it repeatedly, it will grow. Don’t force it. Keep the repeated activity as small as possible for as long as you can if you want it to grow (it sounds paradoxical, but it works).
You can invest a little time into something that will make you live a better life like learning a new language or waste that same little amount of time doing something that doesn’t add any real value to your life like watching a rerun of some sitcom you have already seen many times. It doesn’t take a Warren Buffett to decide which option is a better investment.