e-Learning | No. 10

The secret to learning a language

Key 1. Learning pyramid

Key 2. The skills of 4+1 for the mastering language
Key 3. Memory Secrets: The Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve

Key 1. Learning pyramid:

A pyramid model was developed by the National Training Laboratories Institute in the early 1960s

Compared to taking a class or reading a textbook, learning through experience is more effective, and the experience of teaching others is said to be the most effective way to learn.

It’s interesting to note that teaching is more effective in learning than learning.

Learning pyramid

Key 2.The skills of 4+1:

Learning a language is said to require four skills. They are listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

What is often forgotten here is to memorize vocabulary.
Increasing your vocabulary will make it much easier to speak.
The skills of 4+1

Key 3. The Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve:

The forgetting curve hypothesizes the decline of memory retention in time.
This curve shows how information is lost over time when there is no attempt to retain it.
A typical graph of the forgetting curve purports to show that humans tend to halve their memory of newly learned knowledge in a matter of days or weeks unless they consciously review the learned material.
Regular review is effective!
The Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve


Repeat the cycle of improving conversation.

↓ Learn new material
 ↓ Practice material without fear of making mistakes
 ↓ Ask questions if you don’t understand
 ↓ Summarize / Explain what you learned to your self or friends
 ↓ 新しい素材を学ぶ
 ↓ 間違いを恐れずに練習する
 ↓ わからないことがあれば質問する
 ↓ 学んだことをまとめて、自分や友達に説明する。

Which tutor class is best for me?

Partner class are recommended if you want to improve your Japanese conversation skills and grammar with a peer tutor in a more casual atmosphere.
Pro class are recommended if you want to learn mostly grammar in a more formal setting, and if you have a larger budget.
Free trial lessons are available for both classes.