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Language Immersion Hacks That Don't Require a Major Move ...

By Karen

Looking for some language immersion hacks? Did you know complete language immersion is within your grasp? A long stay in a foreign country may not be in the cards for you, but there are other ways to immerse yourself. According to Malcolm Gladwell, if you study something intensively for 10,000 hours, you will have a good chance at being a pro at it. These hours must be focused and you need to have a detailed plan. To apply this method, allocate a certain number of hours daily to skills including speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary.

What should you actually do to achieve total immersion? Here are 4 language immersion hacks to get you started.

1 Technology

Repurpose common technological devices you use every day for language learning. For example, convert your iPhone into a handy listening immersion tool. This is one of my favorite language immersion hacks.

2 Let People Come to You

There are significant pockets of recent immigrants and long-established ethnic communities in the United States. Oftentimes, you just need to meet one speaker of the target language (a foreign language a person intends to learn) and that person can connect you to a whole community of speakers of that language.


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3 Develop an Immersion Mindset

If you have the right mindset, you can live anywhere and learn a language. Make a no English language pledge and set aside 4 hours each day to read, write, speak, listen and even think in your target language.

4 Enroll in a College Program

There are many language immersion programs at colleges and universities in the United States and elsewhere. A program at Middlebury College in Vermont is well-known and has a long track record of having students make a no English pledge. Check out your local schools to see what programs they offer.

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