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5 Ways to Fit in 5 Minutes of Language Practice

You say you have no time to study your target language? Do you have 5 minutes?

That’s all it takes to fit in a little bit of practice in your day. It may not seem like much, but if you try to fit in just five minutes somewhere, as many days as you can, you’ll build your skills and make studying a language another part of your routine. So here are five ways you can fit in five minutes of language practice:

1. Watch a language lesson on YouTube. There are tons of options here, but check out this channel that has longer lessons but also shorter videos. Remember to take notes! Either in a notebook or in Evernote or wherever you like taking notes, write down the most salient information you glean from the video(s) you watch.

2. Complete a Duolingo lesson or two. Again, write down notes about new concepts and structures you learn and any questions you have. In another five minute session you can research any of the doubts you have!

3. Read a passage from a book or an online article (newspaper, blog, etc.) and summarize it in your own words. If you’re just starting out studying your target language, this may only be a couple sentences or a paragraph, and that’s perfectly fine!

4. Take out a pen and paper and conjugate as many words as you can. Again, this might not be that many if you’re just starting, but it doesn’t matter!

5. Listen to a short newscast or podcast and write down as many words as you recognize.

Some of these tasks may take you longer than five minutes to complete depending on the length of video, passage, etc. and also on your skill level. I suggest using a timer if you really only have five minutes, and just stopping when you’re done. That will give you a better idea of how much you can accomplish in five minutes, and you can adjust your five-minute language practices accordingly.

I’d love to hear about what short exercises you fit in to your busy schedules! Share in the comments below.

5 Ways to Fit in 5 Minutes of Language Practice

Written by

Tammy Bjelland
Language lover, teacher & coach.

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