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  • Hey, everyone, welcome to the Monthly Review Monthly show on Language Learning where you discover new learning strategies, motivational tips, new study tools and discover new resource is, by the way, you can download all the lessons in bonuses you're about to see right now on the website.

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  • Okay, today's topic is how to get a return on your language.

  • Learning investment.

  • If you're watching this, you're already learning a foreign language.

  • But if you're like most people, you're probably wondering if it's working or if you're getting better, right?

  • So that's why today you're going to learn 12 big reasons people fail to the importance of tracking your return on language learning and three.

  • How to track your results and reach your goals.

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  • Okay, let's jump into today's topic how to get a return on your language.

  • Learning investment.

  • I'm learning a language, but I'm not sure if it's working or if I'm getting better.

  • Have you ever felt this way?

  • This is a very normal thought to have, but before you go on, blame your textbook or your app.

  • Let's make sure you're not the one making mistakes, so let's get into part once you already know the first big reason.

  • If you've watched our previous monthly reviews, people often fail because they said vague goals like I wanna be fluent, which they don't know how to achieve.

  • But the second big reason is lack of time.

  • They don't put in the hours.

  • Learning a language is a lot like going to a gym.

  • You get what you put in.

  • For example, if you get a dumb bell and do nothing, nothing happens.

  • It could do great things for you, but it won't work until you pick it up and curl it a few times.

  • The same thing goes for whatever language learning resource you're using or not using.

  • If you put in one hour a day, you get results.

  • If you put in 10 minutes a day, you get results.

  • But if you put in zero, you get zero.

  • You can have the best language learning method in the world and get zero results if you do nothing and similarly, you can have the worst textbook ever and make progress if you put in the time.

  • So you have to make sure you're consistently putting in time first part to getting a return on language learning.

  • Now, if you're putting in time and have a consistent routine, the next step is to track your effort and results.

  • There's a good quote for this.

  • What gets measured gets managed, meaning If you track your progress, you can know what works and what doesn't and you know how to improve.

  • So let's say your dream is to speak the language, and right now you're using a quiz app to learn the language.

  • How do you know if it's working?

  • You can waste months doing this until one day you realize you can't speak, or you can figure this out sooner if you track your effort.

  • If you step back and track your effort and results, you'll see that the quizzes have helped you remember words.

  • But you've done zero speaking practice and can't speak.

  • Once you realize this, you can adjust your routine to do something else that helps you speak.

  • The point is you get to know what works and what doesn't work again.

  • What gets measured gets managed.

  • Next, tracking helps you see a clear path to your language goals.

  • Here's an example from our learning program with our audio lessons theat absolute beginner level ones.

  • We know that three or four audio lessons can help you master about one minute of conversation.

  • That's because the dialog tracks are about 20 seconds.

  • So 20 seconds apiece of 60 seconds.

  • One minute.

  • Now, you know the return on your time three or four lessons means one minute of conversations and because you know how to reach one minute, you know how to reach two minutes, three minutes and then 10 minutes you can actually see a clear path to your goals.

  • So the big lesson is if you track your results, you'll know what to expect in the future.

  • And you can hit your language learning goals again.

  • What gets measured gets managed now.

  • How do you track exactly Part three.

  • How to track your results and hit your goals?

  • Remember, at the basic level language learning is putting in time.

  • You don't need a special language, Jane or a talent.

  • You just need time.

  • The more time you put in, the more results you get.

  • So let's look at two ways.

  • An easy way and an advanced way of tracking your time and results.

  • Let's start with the easy way.

  • 1st 1 simply track the time you put in.

  • So if you do a 10 minute audio lesson today and then spend five minutes with flash cards, no fizz.

  • It's 15 minutes for the day.

  • Just write it down in a notebook or a planner, then do the same thing tomorrow.

  • The goal here is to track the time and your effort so you can review later.

  • If one day you realize you don't speak as much as you'd like.

  • Here's what you do.

  • You look at your time sheet.

  • If you see that you've been just watching YouTube videos, you can spot the problem, which is you've done no actual vote capped study or speaking practice.

  • And then you can start doing it another way.

  • You contract your time and effort is with the dashboard on our site.

  • If you visit the dashboard, you could see the lessons you've completed, the number of flash cards reviewed and our studied.

  • Now here's the second tactic, and it's an advanced one.

  • Track time and results.

  • Tracking time is easy, but tracking results is trickier if you're learning a language on your own, so how do you do that?

  • For example, if you're studying words with flashcards study for five minutes and can remember seven out of 10 words.

  • Then that's your return.

  • You know that five minutes gives you seven words.

  • If you know this, you'll know what to expect when you learn new words.

  • Another thing you can do is work to boost that number 2 10 out of 10.

  • Next.

  • If you're practicing your listening skills, try to gauge how much you understand.

  • If you understood about 20% of a three minute lesson, then that's your return for now.

  • But by knowing this, you can start asking questions like What can I do to understand 50% of this lesson?

  • Well, doubling my time, double my results as well.

  • Well, reviewing this lesson for a few minutes a day, every day work better than trying to memorize it all today.

  • Then you put these questions to the test and try them out.

  • And because you know your return, you can see if it really works.

  • All right, everyone.

  • In the last monthly review, we asked you to submit a video or audio file of yourself speaking the language.

  • So thank you to all of you that sent in submissions you've all received a premium plus subscription as a reward.

  • Now, let's take a look at some of the submissions.

  • Okay?

  • So I'm gonna check out the audio and video submissions that were sent by you for this month.

  • I am very excited.

  • Begin.

  • Hi.

  • My name is fabulous.

  • Fabulous item from Brazil.

  • Okay, also, I'm to anyone here in Brazil.

  • We speak Portuguese that I've always loved English and I've always wanted to learn it.

  • So right now I'm trying to focus on this language because next year I have a drop opportunity.

  • The U S.

  • A.

  • Going for it.

  • So nice.

  • I'm real excited to know you're people, your country and most of all, pricks in my English, for sure.

  • So I'm already pressing a lot.

  • My listening, my speaking, my writing and my reading.

  • Every day I try to practice.

  • I feel off this thing's course.

  • So that's it.

  • Uh, my English is not perfect.

  • It'll But I keep trying and I'm not giving up.

  • Awesome.

  • So you said your English is not perfect at all at the end of your message.

  • But that message was perfect, Like your pronunciation was very clear.

  • It was really everything you wanted to say was very clear.

  • Like you're 21 you have a job opportunity in the States.

  • It's super exciting.

  • You're studying every day.

  • That sounds awesome.

  • It sounds like you're doing everything in, like, a really positive and, like, forward moving way.

  • So that's super cool.

  • Thank you so much for sending this message and good luck in the US next year.

  • That is awesome.

  • Thank you for sending this.

  • Made me so happy.

  • Super cool.

  • Okay, I'm gonna listen to the next message.

  • I think it's so much for the opportunity.

  • So, um, I would like to give thanks for English classes 101 Because it really helps me a lot, especially improving my listening scales.

  • And I do understand the culture.

  • Okay.

  • Off, you know, America or whatever.

  • Well, thanks so much guys for this opportunity.

  • Cool.

  • And, um, love from the Philippines.

  • Awesome.

  • From the Philippines.

  • Thank you so much for this message.

  • Yeah, I'm happy to hear about the ways that you like to use our videos and the content that we have.

  • So that's cool, too, that you like learning about culture with the stuff that we make.

  • I think we're trying to make more things so that people can learn more about culture.

  • So I'm really happy to hear that you enjoy that.

  • That's super cool.

  • Thank you very much for this message.

  • Okay, I will go to the next one.