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o que é possível em uma semana? Se você dedicasse sete dias para atingir uma meta, quão ambicioso poderia atingir essa meta? Essas foram as perguntas que as amigas poliglotas Katy e Sara se colocaram quando decidiram aprender inglês, para provar que isso pode ser feito e qualquer um pode fazê-lo com os métodos certos, aprender inglês em uma semana. Possível em uma semana? Se você dedicou sete dias.
Eles tentariam se libertar das distrações e responsabilidades da vida moderna para acumular oito horas de estudo e eu estava observando alguns dos alunos de línguas mais capazes do mundo trabalhando.
Os amigos se propuseram o desafio de aprender uma língua em uma semana para se esticarem, e então foi uma questão de escolher qual língua aprender. O inglês se apresentou como uma opção natural; há quase 300.000 falantes de inglês na capital da Alemanha, e as áreas estão repletas de lojas adornadas com placas em inglês, falantes da capital da Alemanha.
COMPREENDER VERDADEIRAMENTE SEU MEIO AMBIENTE EXIGE QUE SE COMPREENDA O INGLÊS PRIMEIRO
A primeira etapa operacional no processo de aprendizagem dos amigos foi decorar todo o apartamento com post-its. Isso teve um toque quase cerimonial quando os amigos investigaram os dicionários e começaram a rotular tudo com seu nome em inglês correspondente, vasculharam os dicionários.
No espaço de cerca de uma hora era impossível realizar qualquer tarefa servil, seja fazer um café ou desligar um interruptor de luz, sem primeiro ser apresentado a pelo menos três palavras diferentes relacionadas a esta ação, de cerca de uma hora era impossível de transportar.
The importance of the other twin’s presence became immediately apparent as Katy and Sara delegated responsibilities for rooms to decorate with sticky notes. This simple task was augmented by continuous little tests that they would spring on one another, and the fact that they split up their day slightly differently and studied different topics meant that each twin became a source of knowledge for the other.
The most extraordinary moment came towards the end of the week!
The friends simply switched their everyday conversations to English, asking one another if they wanted tea or coffee, were ready to cook dinner or when they were going to leave the house.Katy and Sara had numerous micro-challenges throughout the week.
They then learned the names of fruits and the numbers from one to a billion so that they could visit the English market (although they refrained from purchasing nine hundred thousand kumquats). Displaying their haul after their first functional exchange in English, they beamed with pride and a palpable sense of accomplishment before marching back home to study further.
On our second visit to the brother’s apartment 24 hours into the week, we found them sampling dozens of different kinds of English snacks.
Like kids staring at the backs of cereal packs before heading to school, the nutritional information and various special offers and competitions on the packaging were analysed during snack breaks,and various special offers.
There was no moment of complete removal from the language learning process during the eight hours that the friends had allotted to it.
They were constantly using their existing knowledge to support the ever-growing knowledge of English, this being the root of their success.
They then learned the names of fruits and the numbers from one to a billion so that they could visit the English market. Displaying their haul after their first functional exchange in English, they beamed with pride and a palpable sense of accomplishment before marching back home to study further.
YOU WILL LIKELY COME ACROSS WORDS THAT SHARE COMMON ORIGINS WITH YOUR NATIVE TONGUE
The friends spent a lot of time engrossed in books or on their computers and apps, flicking and swiping their way through exercises eagerly, but at other times they were to be found searching busily for English radio stations and write-ups of English football games on the web.
All too often, people enter their weekly language class to converse with their teacher, but then barely have any contact with other speakers and that’s not enough.The old saying that we can solve problems more effectively when we sleep on it may be especially true if the problem we’re trying.
To solve is learning a new language.The friends spent a lot of time engrossed in books or on their computers and apps, flicking and swiping their way through exercises eagerly, but at other times they were to
Researchers from two Swiss universities wanted to know if they could enhance the learning of words from a foreign language by exposing people to the words during non-rapid eye movement sleep the deep, dreamless sleep period that most of us experience during the first few hours of the night.The researchers then re-gathered both groups at 2 am.
To find out, they gathered two groups of study participants, all of whom were native German speakers, and gave them a series of Dutch-to-German word pairs to learn at 10 pm. One group was then instructed to get some sleep, while the other group was kept awake.For the next few hours both groups listened to an audio playback of the word pairs they’d already been exposed to and some they hadn’t yet heard.
The researchers then re-gathered both groups at 2 am and gave them a test of the Dutch words to uncover any differences in learning. And indeed there was a difference:
THE GROUP THAT LISTENED TO THE WORDS DURING SLEEP DID BETTER AT RECALLING THE WORDS THEY’D HEARD
The simple yet potent trick the researchers employed is known as verbal cueing, and this isn’t the first claim made for its success while sleeping. But what makes this study different is that it puts a finer point on the conditions necessary for this trick to actually work namely, it only works when we’ve already been exposed to the verbal cues before we sleep.
The researchers added a techie dimension by conducting electroencephalographic (EEG)recordings of the sleeping participants brains to track neural electrical activity during the learning period.They found that learning the foreign words overlapped.
They found that learning the foreign words overlapped with the appearance of theta brain waves, an intriguing result since theta is the brainwave state often associated with heightened learning while awake (usually we’re in either the high-frequency, high-alertness alpha or beta states while awake, but it’s thought possible to induce theta state slower in frequency than alpha and beta through concentration techniques.