Know Your Ideal Learning Strategy

Learning a language is easier and more fun if you know which way works best for you. So, what is the best way for you to learn?

Today, we will explore a question to finalize your foundation as a language learner and get you on the right track to start speaking a language.

What is your learning type?

There are many different ways to learn: linguistic, logical and mathematical, visual and spatial, musical, bodily and kinaesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalistic. Everyone has some of each of these characteristics, but for different people, one (or more) is more pronounced. There are questionnaires that help you work out which of your intelligences are the most prominent ones, such aspersonalitymax.com. Remember to use your primary skills as 50 percent of your primary learning resources. You can supplement the other 50 percent with other resources to complete your studying.

Know why you want to speak another language:

You want to learn Italian because you want to become the next Pavarotti; you will then naturally lean towards music as a way of learning. While I want you to be clear on which style fits you best, I know what you are thinking: “There are many different styles I seem to fit in! How do I pick one?” You can learn using more than one learning type. For now, you just need a starting point.

Linking Learners to Activities:

Is good at reading and writing.
Learns best by reading, writing, speaking, hearing and seeing words.
Activities: memory games, trivia and stories

Logical / Mathematical:
Is good at solving puzzles, exploring patterns, reasoning and logic.
Learns best by asking questions, categorizing and working with patterns.
Activities: puzzles and problem solving.

Visual / Spatial:
Is good at drawing, building and arts and crafts.
Learns best by visualizing and using the mind’s eye.
Activities: flashcards, colors, pictures, drawing and project work.

Is good at singing, listening to music and playing instruments.
Learns best by using rhythm and music.
Activities: using songs, chants and drilling.

Bodily / Kinaesthetic
Is good at moving around, touching things and body language.
Learns best by moving, touching and doing.
Activities: total physical response activities, action songs, running dictation, miming and relating items.

Is good at interpersonal mixing with others, leading groups, understanding others and mediating.
Learns best by co-operating, working in groups and sharing.
Activities: mingle activities, group work, debates and discussions.

Is good at working alone and pursuing own interests.
Learns best by working alone.
Activities: working individually on personalized projects.

Is good at being in nature.
Learns best by working outside and observing nature.
Activities: environmental projects.

You are now light years ahead of others because you have a clear understanding of the “why,” “what” and “which” behind language learning.

Remember: study anywhere, get somewhere!

Anthony Permaye, or the LanguageChameleon, is a certified neuro-languagecoach, who offers a unique learning foundation that teaches individuals how to learn any language anywhere.