"Get on Schedule Won't Ya!"

It's time to fetch our planners and schedule at least an hour every day to study our target language. Please think about how you mastered your native language. Most of us grew stronger in our native language through school every day. Learning a language takes more than one to two hours of studying once a week. Instead, to master a language, you must spend at least an hour every day studying it. Language learning takes time; therefore, we must give it some of our time to master it. Once you set yourself a language learning schedule, you will notice immense growth in your target language.

Now, I know you might be wondering, "How should I arrange my schedule?" Simple, at the beginning of the week, set out to learn at least fifteen new vocabulary words. For the next day, write each word at least five times each and its definition. For day three, incorporate each word into a sentence in your target language, and write the sentences twice. Next, on day four, extract the parts of speech (i.e. nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.) from your sentences. Study each part of speech so that you know how and when they are used. Repeat days three and four for days five and six, using a different set of sentences. Then finally, on day seven, test yourself. "Put away your notes and get out a piece of paper and a pencil!" I'm sure you have probably heard that before. Have someone to say each word aloud as you write the word and its definition. Use each word in a sentence, but instead of writing a sentence, say it aloud. Writing is a bit different from speaking as it can sometimes allow you time to think about your next word. Practicing speaking aloud in your target language will allow you to adapt and remember its grammar. Think about when you speak. Do you think about when and where to use "is" in a sentence? When you are talking to someone, do you think about where to place the nouns in your sentence? The answer for most would be no because the grammar and sentence structure come naturally and automatically. That is our goal in our target language. We don't want to think about where to place nouns and verbs when speaking in our target language. We want the grammar and sentence structure to come naturally. The exercises in this schedule will broaden your vocabulary, improve your grammar, familiarize you with sentence structures, and improve your speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Furthermore, said like Schwartz from A Christmas Story, "I triple dog dare you" to adopt this schedule and watch yourself grow in your target language. With this schedule, I can assure you that every week will be a step closer to fluency.

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