You’re looking to learn English, but you’re struggling to find time in your already hectic schedule to really practice it. You may have heard a thing or two about practicing languages while you sleep and you sure would like to know if it works because, if it does, that would make your life a whole lot easier.
Let’s start off by saying that no conclusive data was found supporting or defying the notion that you can learn a language by listening to it in your sleep. That being said, there is quite a difference in the various types of learning being done when you aim to learn while awake versus while you’re asleep.
Learning while awake is considered active learning. That means that your brain is actively involved in connecting the new information you’re learning to your previous knowledge, making a figurative learning web so that the information sticks in your memory more concretely.
When you listen to English while you sleep, you are participating in passive learning. Instead of your brain connecting and ingraining the information consciously, you’re essentially letting the language wash over you.
Some people spend tons of sleeping time on audio recordings in the hopes that if they listen enough they will simply wake up one morning knowing English. Unfortunately, these same people oftentimes face disappointment and frustration when this is not the case.
Though it is tempting to take the seemingly effort-free route and learn English while asleep, it is not the best option.
If you’re really interested in learning English, it’s better to start actively learning the language because, the truth is, you can’t really practice English unless you are participating in English.
Start by connecting with a learning exchange partner. Of course LRNGO is set up to make this step faster and easier. Why pay a tutor for one-on-one attention when you can use your skills to teach someone in exchange for English lessons? You can even teach your native language to an English speaker! Look for a match in your area or anywhere in the world via Skype.
Other ways to learn include free YouTube courses, exercises, and podcasts.
If you are still attached to the idea of practicing English while sleeping, use it as a supplement to your active learning.
Challenge yourself to learn actively. Keep working and you will see improvement. Put your English to the test, get out there, and practice!
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