For this post I created an infographic on the “language learning formula” that allows to learn a language effectively. This formula shows that motivation and opportunity are essential to learn a language, where opportunity is defined as the “time spent inthe language” multiplied by “the methods used to learn the language”. Time spent in the language is defined as time spent using the language (speaking, listening and writing) rather than time spent learning its grammar.

I believe that these are the 3 essential ingredients for effective language learning and combined can have a synergetic effect on learning.

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