Language Retention

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Jonathan Race英語
2017年7月22日
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Ok a quick history about myself. I've spent the last year living and working in China as an English Teacher. As well as teaching English I had been (and still am) learning Mandarin. Through both teaching and learning a language I started to notice a few factors in success. One of them I want to talk about today is retention through repetition.

For anyone new to English, retention simply means "the ability to hold onto something". For example, if we have a one hour class and I teach you 100 new words, that's great but... how many of those words will you retain? Probably not many right? However if I teach you between 4-6 words/phrases, it's a lot less but you are more likely to "retain" / remember them next time.

We tend to retain knowledge better the more we repeat things. That's why at the beginning of a class a teacher may ask you about the previous class and what we learned there (to refresh your memory), this isn't to kill a few minutes of the lesson but a quick way to improve your retention of what you've learned.

In fact the more we repeat something the better it sticks. So when I'm learning Mandarin and I learn a new phrase, for example 善良 (ShanLiang) which means "Kind" then I will use it in most sentences with Mandarin-speaking people. Even if it sounds ridiculous. I will keep using it in as many ways as I can until I no longer find it difficult to remember. At that point it's "stuck" in my brain.

Now just because it's retained a bit better, doesn't mean I can't forget it. So it's important that I still try to use it. I may not have to use it as much to still keep it "locked" in my brain, but every once in a while is fine.

So now try it with your language. Think of the last few words / phrases you learned and try applying them in as many different ways possible when practicing your english and soon enough you may just find yourself remembering things just a little bit better.
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Hello, my name is Jonathan, nice to meet you! I can help you with:- - Pronunciation - Conversation skills - Listening - Grammar - Exam preparation (IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, OET, CAE etc) I am a (native) English speaker living in Nottingham (U.K) I have 2.5+ years experience teaching adults & children (online and classroom) & am TEFL certified. I have experience teaching beginners, intermediate and advanced English students so I can help at any skill level. Each lesson is tailored specifically to each student so let me know your goals when messaging and we can find the best path for you. As well as teaching, I am studying Mandarin & Japanese for personal enjoyment. Studying other languages also helps me understand the mindset of a student. So if you are a speaker of those languages then... 你好 & よろしくお願いします!
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Hello, my name is Jonathan, nice to meet you! I can help you with:- - Pronunciation - Conversation skills - Listening - Grammar - Exam preparation (IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, OET, CAE etc) I am a (native) English speaker living in Nottingham (U.K) I have 2.5+ years experience teaching adults & children (online and classroom) & am TEFL certified. I have experience teaching beginners, intermediate and advanced English students so I can help at any skill level. Each lesson is tailored specifically to each student so let me know your goals when messaging and we can find the best path for you. As well as teaching, I am studying Mandarin & Japanese for personal enjoyment. Studying other languages also helps me understand the mindset of a student. So if you are a speaker of those languages then... 你好 & よろしくお願いします!

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