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10 Creative Ways to Practice a Language On Your Coffee Break

Finding time to practice a language is one of the biggest challenges that all language learners face. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day to achieve everything you want to do. And unfortunately, when you’re very busy language learning can easily become forgotten and neglected.

The main reason that this matters so much is that learning a language is always more effective when you practice on a consistent basis. This allows the brain to get the repetition it needs to remember the new vocabulary you’re learning and make grammatical connections. Studying for 2 hours once a week is not the same as studying for 20 minutes six days a week. Both add up to 2 hours of study time in total, but if you spread your learning out over the course of the week you’ll be repeating the material more regularly and this will make it much easier to remember.

If you practice a language for large chunks of time on a less frequent basis, you’re not learning in a very efficient way. You’ll have forgotten much of what you learned in your previous session and you’ll have to spend extra time reviewing that material before you re-learn it. It also makes it more difficult for you to to start thinking in the target language because you’re not making it part of your daily life. So you can see why it’s important to make time to practice a language a little bit everyday! Even just 5 or 10 minutes can make a surprising difference over the course of a month or two.

But where are you going to find the extra time to practice a language? You probably already have a hectic schedule. There are two main times that I have found perfect to ensure I get some language learning done everyday – early in the morning; and in short work/coffee breaks during the day.

In this post, I’m going to focus specifically on those ‘coffee breaks’ and how you can use them to practice a language.

  1. Memorize Vocabulary

  2. Play games

  3. Listen to a podcast

  4. Watch a short video on YouTube

  5. Listen to the audio from a course or textbook you’re studying

  6. Read a quick article

  7. Practice Your Writing Skills

  8. Have a quick conversation!

  9. Get some feedback from a native speaker

  10. Take a quick lesson! (see for offers. Coffee & Spanish/French series coming soon!)

*This is an excerpt from an article originally published on Rype*