Here is one thing that may surprise you. Learning fast is a lot easier than slow learning, but… it is not always simple.
The problem starts with ideas that you already have about learning. What comes up if you think of learning? Chances are high that the ideas that come up stand in the way if you want to learn fast!
The first thing that you need to do: open up!
If you are like most people, then probably you associate learning with school and study books. Probably you think that it is a serious matter too! And that is exactly how the problem begins.
Most people just jump into a language course, try to learn from a book or hope that they will pick it up automatically if they listen to a bunch of cds. But… not so much will happen if you don’t open up your mind first.
Learning a new language has little to do with memorizing whole books and studying like crazy!
What? Thinking about learning before you start learning? For most people it does not make sense. They rather jump in immediately. But… sharpening your axe before you start to cut wood is actually a wise thing to do…. So opening your mind before you start learning Dutch is not such a bad idea 🙂
However… opening your mind also means that you have to be open for new ideas. It is about seeing things in a broader perspective. And yes, it also includes experimenting with things that may feel counter intuitive.
There are many hidden things that can trick you!
First of all, learning has nothing to do with being serious and memorizing loads and loads of information. The key to learning fast is that you become receptive. It is about understanding things and seeing how Dutch really works. It is about playing, making many mistakes and having fun! It is also about the willingness to explore new territories. It is all about expansion and wider horizons….
It is important that you are willing to ignore some comments that certainly Dutch people love to make. Dutch is a complex language without rules and only exceptions is something that Dutch people love to say. But… when you learn how to look with new eyes, you could soon discover that as a matter of fact Dutch is the closest language to English and that you could even see it as a simplified version of German (which is widely known for its great consistency and logic)
For learning fast, 2 things are important:
1) Think in a simple and logical way
2) Be creative and play! Enjoy making mistakes!
Once you know how to look at it, you’ll soon discover that Dutch is a logical and consistent language and that often it is extremely funny! By the way, don’t worry if you don’t see it now or if you have been struggling with Dutch for a while. It is a step by step process that may take some time, but… the process is fun and also very gentle…
The good thing is this: it is hard to learn things that you don’t understand. But… once certain things make sense and when they look familiar to you, you will learn like crazy.
Once again, learning at least 7 times faster is a lot easier than you may think. Here are some other things that play a decisive role:
- You learn a couple of days in a row (not just one hour a week)
- You make loads and loads of mistakes and you enjoy it
- You are having fun and you feel totally relaxed
- You use all the knowledge that you already have about other languages that you speak
- You are having fun and you are totally involved
- You talk in Dutch about relevant subjects that you love to talk about
- You receive great support from the people around you (the teacher and other students)
Changing your perspective changes everything!
Here is another tip if you like to learn fast. Start to see learning as an exciting journey and a playful adventure in which you discover many fascinating things. If you think that learning Dutch should be boring and tedious, then think again… Sure, there is some grammar that you need to grasp and it is handy to have some words in your vocabulary. But… at the end, it is all about your life! Once you understand this, Dutch will automatically catch your attention….
Once you start learning and speaking Dutch, you’ll start to notice that everything around you makes more sense. You start to understand how things function in the Netherlands, you understand why people react in certain ways… Instead of feeling like an outsider during many occasions, all of a sudden you blend in and you feel at ease in more and more situations al the time…
If you like to explore the subject of learning fast in more depth, then just go to two free resources. A FREE ebook Why You Hate Learning Dutch and & 7 Secrets To Change It or come to a FREE workshop Finding Dutch Flow, How To Open The Floodgate To Dutch Fluency and discover for yourself how everything chances when you open up and when you start to learn and speak Dutch in a new and different way!