What’s possible in a week? If you dedicated seven days to the achievement of one goal, how ambitious could you make this goal? These were the questions that the multilingual twins Matthew and Michael Youlden posed themselves when they determined to learn Turkish in one week. They would attempt to liberate themselves from the distractions and responsibilities of modern-day life in order to cram eight hours of study time into their daily routine. Here are the seven things that I learned by observing some of the world’s most capable language learners. 1. Lesson learned: Clearly define your goal at the very beginning and then plot a route towards this goal’s achievement. The twins set themselves the challenge of learning a language in a week in order to stretch themselves, and then it was a question of choosing which language to learn. 2. Lesson learned: Map and label your immediate environment in the new language from the very first moment. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
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