How To Learn a New Language in 30 Days (Including Best Apps & Resources for 2020)

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recently I just finished a challenge

where I learned conversational Spanish

in just 30 days in this video I want to

go over some of the best things that I

use to learn Spanish and some of the

things that I avoid if you're also

trying to learn a language and want to

get conversational as fast as possible


after speaking to different language

learning experts like you dowser from

the mimic method or Connor grooms from

base lang who run their own language

learning communities one of the first

things that I learned is you need to be

practicing in a way where it's going to

replicate components of conversation I

think a lot of people when they're

starting out learning a language use an

app like - lingo and the good thing with

drew lingo was it's fun it's engaging

you can use it for five minutes at a

time and you feel like you're

progressing because you might do badly

when you first start and then as you do

it more and more you start to be able to

translate some basic sentences using the

app do lingo

the problem with that is in a

conversation if I'm trying to say hey

how's it going I don't see ten words

that I can choose from I don't see all

our commerce to us as an option I just

need to remember that so I'm not

training my brain in the way of actually

thinking in a conversational way I'm

training the brain in this kind of

matching different ideas and so yes you

can learn vocabulary and yes you'd

probably learn some of the basics of a

language through an app like tool lingo

so it's not gonna hurt your Spanish I'm

gonna hurt your abilities but I totally

don't think it's optimal if your goal is

conversational and so what I found a lot

more useful and what I was recommended

is using an audio book so there's a few

different audiobooks that we could use

when it comes to learning Spanish so the

one that I loved was Michelle Thomas and

Michelle Thomas has a basic foundation

course an advanced course and a

vocabulary course if you did all of it

and probably take you 30 40 hours

because you're gonna be stopping and

starting while you listen to it what's

really cool about these courses is he

will say

you know hello how's it going but he's

already taught you the word hello and

how's it going and then you pause and

you translate it and then you'll say I

want is Kiera and to speak is a blood so

I want to speak is and then you pause

and you go Kiera but I cannot buy it

because it's very expensive no puedo

comprar low or get s my car oh no

pleasure font of Westra 1 2 s you can

continually stack on ideas from these

building blocks that you learn so very

quickly in about 30 minutes you'll be

saying a sentence that's maybe 15 words

long that you've translated yourself

from English to Spanish in your own mind

and you're actually practicing what

you're going to be doing when you have a

basic conversation in a new language

which is thinking it in English and then

translating it in Spanish and it'll take

you a long time before you get to the

point where you're thinking in Spanish

and flowing in a new language but

through these audiobooks you're thinking

in that way that's going to be most

helpful for you when you're

conversational or having a conversation

there's also Pimsleur which a lot of

people really love I found it a little

bit boring

I prefer most all Tomas because it was

teaching a lot of the rules and then

once I understand the rules that's a

useful way for me to think through

things whereas Pimsleur was a little bit

although they delved into the rules it

was more about repetition and different

scenarios that would play out

through these kind of mock conversations

I think it's best to see which one is

most useful for you but I highly

recommend that as a great building block

to learning a language and I think it's

one of the fastest ways where you can

get a base level to actually start

enjoying conversation and the next thing

that's super important of course is

conversation as you learn new skills

from Michelle Thomas or any one of these

audiobooks you want to put it into

practice as soon as possible you can use

a service like baseline there'll be a

link below in this video if you want to

check that out but for about $120 a

month you can get unlimited Spanish

classes you can actually have a

conversation with native speakers you

don't want to use that and or if you're

learning another language you can use

something like a talkie but there's a

community of people that speak to

languages and they sell their time from

anywhere from five dollars an hour by up

to 20 dollars an hour you can book them

in you can start practice having a

conversation and why that's so important

is it's one thing to learn something in

principle but it's a very different

thing to be able to recall it in the

moment and as I started learning more

Spanish I realized I was only using the

same fifty or a hundred words and you

know a portion of the building blocks

that I had learned and even though I

understood the other components and I

could accurately recall them while I was

doing the Michelle Thomas audio books I

wasn't actually using them in

conversation because I didn't have the

confidence by having a conversation they

not afraid to make mistakes and letting

the other person correct you then you

actually will start to build that as a

building block that you'll leverage in a

conversation it's really important to

actually have as much conversation as

you can hopefully with someone that's

pretty patient and that's open to giving

you some correction and some advice

throughout those conversations and then

the last step that I think is really

important to vas porting your language

learning skills is using an applet Anki

and so what that is is there's this

spaced repetition app where you put in

words into this flashcard and you see

the word in English so the word will say

to eat and then you think about it okay

that's calm out then it flips over and

then if you've got that right and say

easy if you had to think about it for a

long time you might say good or maybe

you mispronounced the word if you

totally failed it you could fail and the

cool thing about this app is it will see

how well you're doing with different

words as you're learning them and it

will space the different time intervals

from one flash card to another flash

card to try to show you the words that

you're struggling on and as you get very

good at words it'll show you them less

and less and so while you're having

conversation and while you're learning

with Michelle Thomas you can add these

as flash cards to your SRS app I used

Anki it's completely free app and that

way you can actually practice the words

that you're learning you can also

download from the library of different

decks that people have created for Anki

and so Michelle Thomas is in there I

download all the different foundation

flashcard apps in my ante up and that

way I could practice them every night

and actually say have I learned

foundation level five so that was my

strategy learning Spanish and only 30

it was a tough month for me and it's

definitely not an easy thing to do

probably averaged anywhere from an hour

to two hours a day throughout the month

so I think if you are trying to get to a

basic level of conversation then I think

committing to 30 to 60 hours I think

would be a good kind of goal to get to

and using this technique I think you'll

be a lot more effective and move faster

and therefore enjoy it a lot more if you

kind of leverage some of the lessons

that I've learned from learning Spanish

so I hope you found that enjoyable if

you've got any questions definitely let

me know I'm always happy to have you

guys out I try to respond to every

single comment and I'll see you guys in

the next video