It is suggested that with a little willpower, it takes roughly 30 days for a person to form a new habit. So are you ready to take the challenge?
The word habit often brings about negative associations – we tend to think about smoking, drinking, unhealthy food… But when you conscientiously brush your teeth every morning, regularly run or go to the gym, or always keep your paperwork in perfect order, that’s also a habit. In fact, all of us have so many habits that drive our behavior that it would be difficult to count them all.
Aristotle once said: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Good news – this also applies to language learning. You can improve your language skills by forming appropriate habits. And we are not talking about waking up half an hour earlier every day to study (although that certainly wouldn’t hurt!). Start with something small and stick with it for just 30 days – the time that is said to be sufficient for the habit to get entrenched. If you want to find out more, go to:
Consider the following suggestions for a 30-day English language challenge for the summer:
In any case, an easily accessible dictionary will be very useful – we recommend the Merriam Webster dictionary (https://www.merriam-webster.com/ or as an app). BTW – the dictionary has a “Word of the day” feature, so you can make another small habit of checking it daily…