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Becky: Want to know how learn a language extra fast?
Peter: ...well, we’ve asked our experienced listeners for their BEST learning strategies
Becky: ...so you can steal them and use them for yourself.
Becky: Welcome to this episode of Innovative Language Learning Sunday News! I'm Becky and I'll be your host. My co-host today is the founder of InnovativeLanguage.com, Peter Galante!
Peter: Hi everyone! Peter here.
Becky: In this Sunday News, you’ll learn the top 5 language learning strategies...
Peter: ...how you can apply them with our learning system, master your language...
Becky: ...and how you can get up to 30% OFF on Basic, Premium or Premium PLUS.
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Becky: Want to know how learn language extra fast?
Peter: We’ve asked our experienced listeners for their BEST learning strategies
Becky: ...so you can steal them and use them for yourself.
Peter: Now, these come from our Premium and Premium PLUS users.
Becky: They’re our advanced learners... and you can apply these tactics right now.
Peter: But first, listen up!
Becky: If you want to finally master your target language...
Peter: ...and start speaking minutes into your first lesson, now’s the time.
Becky: Here’s your last chance. We’re extending our 750 Million Celebration Sale.
Peter: Get up to 30% OFF all Premium and Premium PLUS subscriptions...
Becky: ..and unlock our proven language learning system.
Peter: That’s hundreds of audio and video lessons by real teachers...
Becky: ...New lessons every week, Lesson Notes to read with, Premium Study Tools...
Peter: ...Mobile Apps so you can learn anywhere, anytime, and much more.
Becky: Get up to 30% OFF Premium or Premium PLUS until August 28th, 2017.
Peter: That’s as low as $7 a month and up to $164 in savings..
Becky: Use this exclusive coupon code - 750MILLION
Peter: Or if you’re on the site, click the link in the comments section of this Sunday News.
Becky: Alright, listeners, let's get into the top five language learning strategies...
Peter: ...and how you can apply them with our learning system right now.
Becky: Number one- try harder lessons to improve faster.
Peter: This almost seems counterintuitive, but it’s the best way to improve.
Becky: So if you’re an Absolute Beginner or Beginner... try an Intermediate lesson.
Peter: It’s like working out. If you want to get stronger, you need to try heavier weights.
Becky: Right, and don’t worry, if you don’t fully understand it at first....
Peter: ...our teachers break down the conversation in every lesson, so you’ll get it.
Becky: And with the line-by-line audio, lesson notes, and lesson transcripts...
Peter: ...you get the complete translations and explanations.
Becky: So imagine being able to master a lesson that’s above your level.
Peter: That’s some serious progress, Becky. Definitely a great way to learn fast.
Becky: Number two- stay motivated by tracking your learning progress with the Dashboard.
Peter: This is a great one. Listeners, watching your progress grow...
Becky: ...is an incredible source of motivation. It only makes you want to get better.
Peter: Fitness is a great example of this- it’s like seeing your muscles get bigger.
Becky: What about seeing your bank account grow? I like that.
Peter: That’s a good one too, Becky! So listeners, after finishing each lesson...
Becky: ...if you click on the “Mark Lesson as Complete” field, our system will track your progress...
Peter: ...and you can see how much you’ve accomplished.
Becky: There are dynamic charts on your dashboard that show you the percentage you’ve completed...
Peter: ...of the lessons and learning paths you are taking.
Becky: For example, you might see that you’re 90% finished with the Survival Phrases series...
Peter: ....and you’ve completed 100% of Absolute Beginner series.
Becky: So, with the Dashboard, you can track how much you’ve learned...
Peter: ...and seeing your results helps you stay motivated, guaranteed.
Becky: Number three- Read lines from the lesson dialogue out loud, slowly.
Peter: Then re-read and increase your speed. This tactic is very powerful for two reasons.
Becky: So you can read faster?
Peter: And so you can speak faster, Becky. If you’re reading out loud...
Becky: ...it’s almost like you’re speaking?
Peter: Exactly. This trains you to speak faster in general.
Becky: Right. That’s something most beginners struggle with.
Peter: So listeners, if you’re struggling with speaking skills...
Becky: ...try this strategy right now.
Peter: With every lesson, you get a dialogue. Read along with the line by line transcript..
Becky: ...or with the lesson notes. Read out loud slowly once...
Peter: ...then re-read a bit faster, then again, and keep increasing your speed...
Becky: ...until you can say the lines comfortably and sound like a native.
Peter: And native speakers WILL notice the difference if you can speak and respond quickly.
Becky: Definitely. It’s a sign that you understand them...
Peter: ...and that they don’t have to treat you like a beginner. It's a great compliment to get.
Becky: Number four- Review old lessons to master them completely.
Peter: Listeners, reviewing is a tried and tested strategy.
Becky: The previous strategy is a form of reviewing, isn’t it? Rereading lines?
Peter: Exactly, Becky. But listeners, the more times you go over something...
Becky: ...the better you get at it...
Peter: ...guaranteed. So for example, if you try our listening comprehension series...
Becky: ...and you only understand about 40%, review the lesson a few times.
Peter: You have the translations right in front of you. The answers are right there.
Becky: And by the third or fourth try, you’ll understand it 100%.
Peter: It’s like that quote goes- Repetition is the mother of all learning.
Becky: Alright, number 5- Download the dialog tracks and listen to the conversations.
Peter: Listeners, this is a super popular immersion tactic.
Becky: Here’s how it works. After you’re done with a lesson, download the dialog track.
Peter: With this, you get JUST the dialog – the conversation – in your target language.
Becky: Then, make a playlist of the dialog tracks. Each track is usually about 10 to 30 seconds long.
Peter: Download them to your device and play them on repeat. That’s it.
Becky: Yeah, it’s like listening to music on repeat. It gets drilled into your head...
Peter: ...except you’re immersing yourself in the target language.
Becky: Your listening skills will improve, and you’ll understand each and every conversation!
Peter: Listeners, let us know what your favorite learning strategies are.
Becky: Leave us a comment!
Peter: And remember.
Becky: If you want to finally master your target language...
Peter: ...and start speaking minutes into your first lesson, now’s the time.
Becky: Here’s your last chance. We’re extending our 750 Million Celebration Sale.
Peter: Get up to 30% OFF all Premium and Premium PLUS subscriptions...
Becky: ..and unlock our proven language learning system.
Peter: That’s hundreds of audio and video lessons by real teachers...
Becky: ...New lessons every week, Lesson Notes to read with, Premium Study Tools...
Peter: ...Mobile Apps so you can learn anywhere, anytime, and much more.
Becky: Get up to 30% OFF Premium or Premium PLUS until August 28th, 2017.
Peter: That’s as low as $7 a month and up to $164 in savings..
Becky: Use this exclusive coupon code - 750MILLION
Peter: Or if you’re on the site, click the link in the comments section of this Sunday News.

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Becky: Okay, well that’s going to do it for this edition of Innovative Language Learning Sunday News!
Peter: Bye everyone!
Becky: Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you all next time.

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August 27th, 2017 at 06:30 PM
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October 3rd, 2017 at 09:33 AM
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奈津子さん、

こんにちは!


No problem! It actually surprised me a lot that you went back to that comment to reply. Even though I don’t use this anymore, thank you for contributing to this extremely useful site!

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September 30th, 2017 at 02:45 PM
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ジョンさん、

こんにちは。?

I'm sorry for the very late reply!!

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and also some great advice!

I'm sure there are many J-Pod listeners who would appreciate it. ?

Thank you also for a kind comment about our lessons. Glad to know you found our website

helpful when you learned with us!!


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ジョン
August 27th, 2017 at 11:20 PM
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Sorry for the long comment!! But I really wanted to talk about my history with the website. I’m not a monthly subscriber anymore, but when I was first learning Japanese, this website was the main source of information for me. Initially, I had no intention of actually using Japanese on a daily basis but one day I decided to take the plunge. At the time I was finishing up my time at my university, and needed to fulfill my language requirement. Because of this website I was able to place into the second part of the six part lower division series. (Actually, I would’ve placed at the upper division level series because of all the chinese characters I learned here, but my professor was worried that I wouldn’t grasp the grammar easily. The funny part was that I didn’t study the particles before taking the placement test, and also that I had a lot of other things to do before hand.) In any case, the classes were a breeze, so my professor recommended that I should make a pen pal with a student from Sendai. From there my path to learn Japanese was created. Ever since then, I was constantly using my dictionary application on my phone to learn new words, and I visited my university’s extension center every day to meet new friends. It was there that I learned that the Japanese I learned from this website was great... but because most of the content happened to use honorifics and polite language 敬語, I was told that I would seem distant with those close to my age. So from there, I decided that I would force myself to learn casual language タメ語. About 3 years later, I’ve made countless amount of friends from Japan, I’ve lived in Aichi prefecture for about three months on vacation, and the most important thing is that I was able to meet my girlfriend, who is from Shiga prefecture. I really have to thank you guys for helping create these memories.


If I have to give my advice to learning, my first recommendation is try learning when you really want to learn. If you feel that you are learning because you have to, likely you won’t learn Japanese (or rather, any language effectively).

My next recommendation is to use a pocket dictionary on your phone. There’s many apps that help supplement your ability with learning new words. I went overboard, and switched all of my electronics’ system languages to Japanese. Using dictionary apps helped me learn how to read and pronounce everything.

The last recommendation I can give is that you shouldn’t be afraid to talk with foreigners. Most foreigners are afraid to make friends when they come to a different country. It doesn’t matter if you are American, Chinese, or Japanese, etc. we’re all afraid to take that initial step, but once it’s done, it becomes easier and easier to talk. That’s how I did it, and while it may a hard thing to accomplish, if you can find something to make Japanese fun, it definitely becomes easier.