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Time Spent Learning Each Day?

Is it better to learn a language by doing a lot each day, or a little bit each day? At the moment, I am doing a lot, but I'm wondering if it would be better to only do 1-2 lessons per day.

April 14, 2020



My son's piano teacher always tells him that five minutes per day is better than 30 minutes once per week. I think that this is probably good advice.

That said, I probably spend about an hour per day learning something new, whether it's a foreign language or a musical instrument or a new mathematical technique. Just don't burn out. When I start to miss simple things I stop. My rule is that if I miss three sentences in a row, no matter what language I'm working on, then I abort immediately, cancel the progress, and don't do any more duolingo lessons that day.


The more (effective) time you spend, the better. This means reading tips and discussions, taking notes, speaking the sentences out loud etc etc. But you also have to take breaks. Mini-breaks every 15-20 minutes (30 s is enough) and longer (30 minute) breaks every 90 minutes or so.

Think of it this way. You need to put in over a thousand hours. How long will that take at 10 minutes a day?


I agree completely with angus I can speak from experience about the music thing is so very true, everyday I try to spend 15 mins everyday on my ukulele and so I do at least 3 lessons of Greek that way I'm still up to date, learning and have plenty of time for other things during then day. 3 lessons a day also doesn't burn you out and keeps it so that if 1 to 3 of your skills crack then you can do those afterwards and you won't feel like your having to force yourself to do it. If you want to do more than three then try doing three then waiting an hour and do three more each hour if you have a lot of time on your hands, just make sure your still having fun! I wish you good luck on your studying! PS: I love your username that is awesome


My french teacher (at an adult education class) said that in order to make progress, I needed to be doing 8h a week, and at least some every day. I think it's about keeping the new knowledge current – reinforcing it at often as possible.

On a side note, I recently read a book about sleep, and it said sleep consolidates learning, so a little every day, with a night's sleep in between, is better than one huge chunk on a single day.

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