• If you find it easier to remember things when you can experience their images, shapes, colors, graphs and other visual stimuli, then you most likely are a Visual Learner.
Visual learners tend to learn well from watching movies with subtitles, word lists, frequency dictionaries and by reading (in parallel text or graded readers).
2. The Auditory Swedish Learner
• If what helps you remember is: voice, sounds, vocal instructions, chants or repetitive rhythmical memorizations, then you’re most likely an Auditory Learner.
Auditory learners tend to learn well from watching movies with subtitles, audio courses, immersion methods, (background) radio, hearing conversations around them, conversing with Swedish speakers, etc.
3. The Kinesthetic Swedish Learner
• If what helps you remember are gestures, manipulating the object, smells or body movements, then you’re very likely a Kinesthetic Learner.
The Kinesthetic learner has to the most benefit by going out in the field. These practical people learn the fastest by doing, feeling and experiencing things.
And of course what will help you the most in your journey of learning Swedish, are methods correlating to your preferred style of learning.
Note: These learning styles do not eliminate each other. You can be both strong in Auditory and Visual, but less able as a Kinesthetic learner. Or you’re almost purely a visual learner.
Do not forgot to spend at least some time on the other parts of learning, even if they are not your strong points! You need to be well-rounded eventually.
Bonus: Actions to take right now (for free)
Every morning or evening, create a set of post-it notes. On each one of them write a new Swedish word. You may also want to add an illustration/picture to each one.
Stick the post-its to various, well visible and well-lit, places around your home that you visit often. Stick them on mirrors, tables, TV sets, around the kitchen, bathrooms etc.
Whenever you have memorized a word, take it off and replace it with a new word.
Don’t throw the old ones away though. It’s a good idea to revisit vocabulary from time to time, as this helps ingrain it in your long term memory. The bathroom would be an idea to keep a stack of previously learned post-it “flashcards.”
Try to learn in thematically. Group together words that look the same, or have a similar meaning, for example, all words that describe feelings or kitchen appliances.
Record and save set of words to your smartphone or portable audio device. Listen to these words when commuting, eating or generally when you have a few minutes of “auditory time” to spend.
Ideally, stop at every word, repeat it out loud, or at least imagine how it sounds in your head.
Try to learn words in thematically or in sets, for example; similarly sounding words, or words relating to traffic, the kitchen, the supermarket etc.
Your best bet will be combining learning Swedish with feeling and activities. You may want to start as any of the previous learning groups, but instead, take your notes to the gym, or place them in locations you associate with words, or on the actual objects if you can: stationary words such as pencil, paper or computer you could place in your office. Swedish names for certain tools in the shed, etc.
Writing post-it notes should also work better than saving sounds because when writing, you will literally be “in touch” with words.
For activities, do things like going to the supermarket visit the fruit section. Get a Swedish speaking friend or language coach to come with. You could also take a course where you learn certain new things. For example, take a course on Swedish cuisine, where you’ll handle the ingredients and utensils.
Now you know what your strong points are, it’s time to focus on them. It is more efficient to learn in a way that supports your strengths than to try and make up for your weaker points.
I know I am a strong auditory and visual learner, so my preferred method of study is an audio course in combination with a frequency dictionary.
What method for learning Swedish works best for you? Let me know in the comments!
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