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Welcome to Part 2 of 3 in "How to Royally Screw Up Your German Learning in 2018!"
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Part 2 of 3
Screw it all up Plan #2:
LEARN 5,000 NEW VOCABULARY WORDS
[*Nicole chuckles some more.*]
You have a great sense of humor. (-:
OK, 5,000 new words divided by 365 days/year is 13.69 NEW words per day. That’s a new word learned every 1.14 hours—round the clock.
Realistic Plan #2:
LEARN 40 NEW VOCABULARY WORDS PER WEEK
BUT ONLY FOR 40-45 WEEKS THIS YEAR
If you work on 40 new words per week, you’ll make fantastic progress.
If you work on that for 40 weeks this year (that’s 200 days of work on new vocab), you'll learn 1600 new words by the time 2019 rolls around. Super!
If you work on those 40 new words for 45 weeks this year, that’s 1800 new words, 200 more than if you only worked on them for 40 weeks, and a total of 225 days of vocabulary work. That’s roughly 62% of the year spent on vocabulary, one of the most important aspects of German learning. Noch besser!
Stretch Goal #2:
LEARN 50 NEW VOCABULARY WORDS PER WEEK
FOR 48 WEEKS THIS YEAR
That’s 4 full weeks off for being ill, taking a vacation, birthdays and holidays.
And a grand total of 2400 words.That’s 800 additional words than the first goal of 1600 words.
Worauf warten Sie? Machen Sie einfach!
Use a log to track your words and how many days you work on them. Or write a check on your calendar. Or enter it into your digital calendar, where you can use the search feature to track “Wortschatzarbeit” and see how many sessions you did.
Whichever method you choose, remember: you still need to review old(er) vocabulary words to keep them fresh—keep learning them until they’re old hat. Leave known words for days when you’re too tired or unmotivated for something new, but you can easily grab old flashcards and simply flip through them.
You may surprise yourself!
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