What’s the best time to learn a language?


Although studies often have different conclusions regarding the best time for learning, many do agree that 10 am to 2 pm is the most productive time for learning. A few hours after you wake up, your brain is well rested, and you are energetic to take the challenge of learning a new language. After people have their lunch, may people experience the post-lunch slump, which may last for hours, and there are studies showing that people are less productive in the afternoon than in the morning. The evening may also be a good time for people to learn a new language, as there is less distraction and people regain their energy after dinner. However, after 10 pm, many people would get tired.

Generally speaking, between 10 am and 2 pm, as well as in the evening before 10 pm, you probably find yourself more productive in learning a new language. However, people are different and the following are things for you to consider when choosing the right time to learn a new language.


Manage your time wisely and choose different study topics for different times

To speak a language fluently, besides learning its vocabulary and grammar, using the language in a real conversation, and understanding the culture behind the language are also important. In the morning after you get up, there’s less distraction and your brain would be more active, which make it a good time for you to memorize the vocabulary. You may also go over the vocabulary you learn in the morning before you go to bed at night to help retention. On the contrary, although the afternoon may not be the best time to study vocabulary for many people, you may utilize the time by finding someone to practice speaking that language in a real conversation. And when you are too exhausted to learn the vocabulary and complicated grammar, you may watch videos in that language with a topic you are interested in; when having fun watching the videos, you may improve your listening skills, and get exposed to the culture behind the language.


Break down your language study into multiple sessions with short durations

People would get less focused on a long study session. Moreover, many people don’t have a large chunk of time in a day for learning a new language. You may try to break your study into several short sessions within a day. This can boost your efficiency. Learning a language doesn’t really require you to spend a large trunk of time every day; it just needs continuous accumulation. Several 20-minute session within a day would be adequate for you to learn a new language if you can keep doing that for months.


Test and find the time that works best for you

It’s not only about the difference between a morning and a night person. Even you find it more productive to do some other tasks at a certain point in a day, it may not be the right time for you to learn a language. Many people like to work late at night, as there would be less interruption and they find themselves more creative if they can keep themselves active during that time. However, that may not be the best time for them to learn a language. When memorizing vocabulary and learning complicated grammar, people can easily lose their attention and become less concentrated. In addition, if you stay up too late, you may still be fatigued the next day after you wake up and compromise your efficiency of doing all kinds of work the next day. People are different, and you need to find that right time for you to learn a new language.


Prioritize the tasks you need to work on

It’s not easy at all to learn a different language, and not every people can afford to spend lots of time each day on learning a new language. If the language is not related to your career, you don’t need to push yourself too hard on it. The time most efficient for you to learn a language may also be the most productive time for you to do other tasks that are more important to you. Depends on the priority of learning the new language, you may set your own schedule taking into account the amount of time you want to spend and the target of learning the language. Learning a new language should be something interesting for you, and it shouldn’t be a burden and occupy your time for other more important tasks.

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