A Guaranteed Way to Practice English 150 Times a Day
Just checked your Facebook= 1 time studying English
Your best friend’s girlfriend just called you= 2 times studying English
Checked your makeup in your phone’s camera= 3 times studying English
Somebody sent you a pic of a midget giraffe on WhatsApp= 4 times studying English
Called the police to report a kidnapping= 5 times studying English
Checked your Facebook again= 6 times studying English
Imagine if every time you checked your phone, you had to answer an English vocabulary question to unlock it.
I am going to show you one of the easiest ways to fill your day with English practice. If you have an Android phone (sorry iOS users) and you are trying to learn English, you have to check this phone app out.
In this post, I’ll explain how the app works, why it works, and even show you some proof that it works.
So let’s go…
Your phone = your best friend
How many times do you think you open your phone each day?
Well, if you read the headline, maybe you guessed 150 times. According to a recent study, that’s the average number of times we unlock our phone each day.
That means that without even thinking about it, you look at a screen 150 times throughout your day.
Well, some really smart people in Berlin thought of how you could take advantage of these “150 times” and do something productive.
And that is what the app UnlockYourBrain does.
In my opinion that’s f*&^ genius!
How to easily learn English
I have been teaching for a long time and I have seen many students become excellent English speakers.
And you know what? There is one difference between successful English students and average ones. Successful students practice every day.
That’s it. It’s really that simple.
But most people hate studying every day. And you know what, so do I! Yes, that’s right. Your Chief Ninja doesn’t like studying languages.
However, I do love speaking them! Traveling to foreign countries and speaking with the locals in their native tongue is one of my passions.
So, how do you become fluent in a language without studying? You practice a little bit every day.
When I think about studying, I think of a text book, a test, and a boring classroom. Learning this way, I was unable to successfully learn Spanish.
However, when I think of language practice I think of doing something that is enjoyable, quick, and easy to fit into your busy schedule.
And I spend a lot of my time discovering easy and fun ways for my students to practice English.
I definitely think that there is a big difference between studying and practicing. I believe that language can be acquired though consistent contact with the language, and the easiest and least stressful way to learn is to create a good relationship with the language that you are learning, and build strong habits.
Make English the girlfriend or boyfriend that you think about all day and night and even hang out with on the weekends. And if you want to take English to a motel, do it! (pun intended)
The best way to learn a language
So, if we know that the best way to learn is daily practice, then how do we make that happen?
It’s much easier said than done, right? Between family, work, school, soccer, grilling picanha, drinking beer and cachaca, and passing out in the street, how do we find time for English?
Well, leave it up to technology, that’s how.
These days, you don’t need to rely on English schools and boring methods to learn new things. There are young, brilliant minds that spend their days coming up with innovative apps and websites to make learning as easy as possible.
UnlockYourBrain worked with the idea that everyone with a SmartPhone tends to look at it all day long. So why not make the user answer a question every time they want to unlock their phone? This could like, double the size of your brain!
The idea is simple. You download the app, add a “course” to your phone, and every time you want to unlock your phone you have to answer a quick question.
So if you open your phone 150 times a day, you will have automatically practiced English 150 times.
Does it work?
I think it does. And so does science.
I have been using UnlockYourBrain for about a week and have noticed that after a few days of using the app, I’ve really started to memorize the words in the course I’m doing (advanced English vocabulary). In the beginning, it felt like I kept seeing the same words over and over. It also felt like I wasn’t thinking of the words long enough to really learn them.
But that’s how good subconscious learning works. You shouldn’t really feel like you are studying, which can quickly get boring. If you do something automatically, you’ll do it more often, for longer and consequently learn more.
After constant repetition, the words and definitions started to naturally connect for me. And I open my phone 150 times a day, that’s for sure.
So I can say after a week of use, that yeah, it works.
Don’t trust me? Well trust the scientists.
There was an experiment, conducted by the University of Potsdam, where researchers tested if the app really worked. “They studied more than three million responses, from 13,285 participants. They concluded that users, on average, doubled their performance times and accuracy over a two-week period.”
This system is similar to Memrise, which uses spaced repletion. The more unfamiliar a word is to you, the more it will show that word. If you haven’t used Memrise, check out my How-To guide on Memrise here.
How to use it
Now it’s time for me to show you how to use it. For many of you, all you have to do is download the app and go through the steps. It’s pretty easy to set up.
Below, you will find all the necessary (and unnecessary steps) to get started.
Find the app UnlockYourBrain in the app store and download it.
link –> http://goo.gl/gRyfrS
Choose language and select English (or whatever). There are several languages to choose from. As you can see, there are also other courses like math and history. Cool, ay?
Now you have to select your “pack,” which is the course you will install on your phone. You can install more than one and they will both be used to unlock your phone. However, I suggest you focus on one course at a time.
By the way, you can easily create your own course as well. Just go their site and check it out.
Now it will ask you to connect the app to your Facebook or Google account. This has not worked for me and it keeps taking me back to the main screen. However, I don’t see the need for this, especially in the beginning. Just know that without connecting the app to an account, you won’t be able to save your progress if you have to re-download the app or if you change your phone. But anyway, this is not a big deal. Just select maybe later at the bottom.
Screenshot of app
This is what it looks like when you have to unlock your screen. Just swipe the correct answer. The first time you see a word it will only give the definition. The more you see that and other words, the more options it will give you to choose from.
How to control your “packs”
To turn certain packs on or off, select the option my packs from the top menu. You will see all the packs you have downloaded. You can switch each one on or off. Like I mentioned above, I suggest you focus on one course at a time.
That’s it! Now you are on the path to becoming a badass mofo in English. Before you look for results, give the app a shot for a few days. Like I said in the beginning, progress will seem slow and you might feel like you aren’t learning anything. But after a few days (and especially after a couple weeks), you’ll start to notice how quickly you can recall the definition of words.
Now get started! And please let me know what you think about the app in the comment section below.
Work hard, play hard. 😉