In Search of the “Magic Pill” for Foreign Language Mastery

Many people believe that if they take a “magic pill,” they will instantly master any foreign language. Or enough to listen to audio recordings, which are actually audio phrase books, as a foreign language is recorded in your brain’s subcortex. For example, suppose you wake up in the morning knowing the new 10,000 words you learned while sleeping while listening to the corresponding audio recording. That is, people seriously believe that you can learn skills without putting in any effort. According to their belief, knowledge, skills and habits will simply go inside them!

Every educator and psychologist will tell you that knowledge, skills and habits are a PROCESS of forming activities. Starting any new activity requires a person to consciously act and control not only the activity as a whole, aimed at the goal, but also its individual movements and operations through which it is carried out.

Consider your decision to learn to ride a bicycle. The first stage is knowledge. During this stage, you will learn about the bicycle’s structure, operation, and control principles. The second stage is skills. This is the most difficult stage, which is characterized by numerous errors and falls; depression is possible. At the mastery stage of cycling skills, you try to control everything: balance, arm and leg position, muscle tension, gaze distance, and so on. You can ride a bicycle at the ability stage, but you must control the process and do it consciously. You can already ride unconsciously, without thinking about how you do it, at the habit formation stage. You can ride your bike while thinking about something else, but when an obstacle appears in front of you, you will also be able to slow down or go around in time.

So, like your parents and grandparents, you’ve learned to ride a bicycle. Hey, where is the “magic pill”? Where are the current video tutorials on subconscious neuro-linguistic programming? Where is the revolutionary method of learning to ride a bike in five minutes?

It would be amusing to hear from famous boxer Mike Tyson that he achieved his results simply by sitting on the couch, watching boxing video courses, and pre-drinking a “magic pill.” In reality, Mike Tyson obtained his knowledge from special literature, watching fight videotapes, and listening to his experienced coach. Tyson put his newly acquired knowledge, skills, and abilities into habit by practicing them for a number of hours each day. This is referred to as the “learning process” in pedagogy and psychology, when the student devotes time and effort to practicing the skills.

The most important question for anyone learning a foreign language is how to integrate the educational process into their daily life rhythm. When, where, and how to practice their foreign language skills Practical guide “Polyglot Notes. Practical tips for learning foreign language” gives options for solving many of the problems students face. Describes how languages are learned and forgotten. The book contains many techniques that have been tried and tested in real life: both traditional methods of learning and those based on modern multimedia technologies. A practical guide explains how to use a variety of learning materials correctly and effectively in your learning process. In the book you will not come across “revolutionary language-learning methods with no counterparts in the world, developed in the CIA’s secret neuro-linguistic programming laboratories.” Practical guide “Polyglot Notes. Practical tips for learning foreign language” contains methods of learning, which will require your time, diligence and discipline.

There is no other way yet!

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