Take the 28-Day Language Learning Challenge!

Traveling to another country, needing to learn a new language for business or just for fun? Then take the ‘28-Day Language Learning Challenge!’ to boost your language learning.

What Can You Achieve in 28-days?

A lot if you put your mind to it! Although 28-days is not enough to make the average person go from nowt to conversational level. It is enough time to learn greetings, be able to introduce yourself and learn important travel and survival phrases.

Start Studying Right Now

Pick the language you want to learn. Then make the commitment right now to study for at least 30-45 minutes per day for 28 days straight! You’ll be amazed at how much you can learn…

The Challenge

Follow the guidance, study often, and begin speaking in just 28 days. It requires resources and dedication to do this.

Recommended Materials

• Notebook/Journal and highlighters.

• Buy a coursebook, phrasebook, and dictionary in your target language or go to your local library to rent some.

• FlashCards (digital or paper).

• Invest in some language audios, for example, Pimsleur or Language Transfer.

• Read a book, magazine or newspaper in your target language.

• FREE Language Learning Apps (such as Duolingo or Memrise).

• Watch movies or listen to some radio stations in your target language.

Rules and Guidance

1. You MUST complete 28 study days – days off are not counted as study days, but it is important that you take them at the end of the challenge.

2. Have an open, positive, can-do mindset right from the start.

3. Study a few vocabulary words from the previous day each morning when you wake and review these words before bedtime.

4. Use memory aids, such as the memory palace technique – Tell a story to remember the words you are studying. The stranger or more ridiculous the story makes it the more likely you are to remember it!

5. Study words together with opposites, it’s easy to remember (big/small, etc.)

6. Have conversations with other speakers of the language.

7. Keep it simple!

8. Join a supportive community of language learners.

9. Choose to listen to the music of your target language rather than your own native music.

10. Remember to interact with language audio, none of them will work without interaction and consistency.

11. Watch movies in your target language.

12. Live, breath, sleep and eat your target language for the next 28 days.

Helpful articles to get you started…


How to Manage Unhelpful Thoughts When Learning a New Language

How to Be a More Successful Language Learner in 10 Steps

24 Soft Skills Required for Language Learning

Don’t forget to keep me posted on how you get on with the 28-day Challenge. Tag me in to update posts #LanguageLJ I would love to hear about your experiences. What has and has not worked?

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The Mindful Language Learner

Trisha, is the founder of Language Learners Journal.com. An award-winning blog dedicated to empowering and promoting a more mindful approach to independent language learning and teaching across the UK and beyond. Trisha has a professional and academic background in psychology and well-being. She has been practicing mindfulness for over 20 years and has professionally taught CBT-based mindfulness for the past 7 years. You can follow Trisha on her official Facebook Page, Instagram or Twitter accounts to discover how to apply simply mindfulness practices and scientifically proven strategies to your language learning...

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