When you are learning a language, numerous neural networks are active in your brain. New connections are formed at lightning speed. You learn most quickly and effectively when you use your brain’s pre-existing networks. This is the best way to remember words and grammatical rules and apply them more easily.

Three simple ways to activate your brain

  • Spot the connections between your mother tongue and the new language. That is how you form strong connections in your brain. For example, look out for cognates - words which sound almost the same in different languages. By focusing on these words, you can recognise large parts of texts. The more connections you see between your mother tongue and the new language, the easier it becomes to forge new connections in pre-existing networks in your brain.
  • Activate your current knowledge of the new language. You often know more about a language than you think. By bringing that knowledge to the forefront, you activate your brain and learn more easily. 
  • Build specific vocabulary which fits your world. Everyone uses different words, depending on their profession, age or character, for example. By building your vocabulary thematically, you also reinforce the neural networks in your brain.

Keep your brain fit

Your brain is fully at work learning another language, and for this, it has to be in tip-top shape. There is no point in studying endlessly for hours in a row. These are things your brain needs:

  • Exercise to supply it with oxygen
  • Healthy food
  • A good night's sleep for processing information and strengthening newly built networks
  • A challenge
  • A good balance between effort and relaxation
  • A stress-free environment
  • To enjoy the learning process

Optimal conditions for learning

Language Institute Regina Coeli is a language institute specialised in providing individual language courses. Everything revolves around creating optimal conditions for our students’ brains. Not only do students follow a sophisticated, tailor-made teaching programme with private lessons delivered by native speakers—good thought has also been given to healthy food, a serene learning environment and opportunities for exercise. Book a language course with the Nuns of Vught at Language Institute Regina Coeli