We get asked this a lot and it depends on 3 factors:
- Time. You need to dedicate time into your schedule to learn a language. If you have goals that you need to reach by a certain date, then one hour a week won't be enough. But that's where technology and learning online can help. Online classes, apps, podcasts, videos and Netflix are just some of the resources you can have at your fingertips, that'll help you to get closer to what you want to achieve.
- Routine. Students that have a regular schedule for their learning tend to make better progress. If you know you have 2 hours of French every Wednesday at 6pm, that structure will put you in the right mindset. Swiping on the vocab learning app Memrise on your daily commute, listening to News in Slow French in the gym and scanning the French news after dinner means that integrating the language into your daily life isn't too difficult.
- Commitment. You need to dedicate yourself to learning a language. Having the skill is valuable and so it requires you to go to class, ask questions, do your homework, be inquisitive and visualise the goal you've set for yourself. It's easy to fall off the wayside and give up but once you've learnt the basic vocabulary, tenses and grammar constructions, you've laid the foundations to take your learning to the next level!