Live In All Five Senses
The easiest way to make yourself better at a language is to live in five senses. Used correctly, it will help you learn a new language on steroids. Imagine that for every sentence you currently know in your target language, you now know at least six. Imagine if there were a set of simple sentences or questions you could ask that would make you last longer in conversation by several times. What if I told you that when you live in all five senses, with a limited amount of grammar and vocabulary, you could talk in your target language without ever running out of things to say?
What do you mean by ‘live in all five senses?’
For everything that happens to you, a multitude of things actually happen. If you walk your dog in the morning, you’re seeing traffic, hearing birds sing, smelling the petrol fumes or the flowers. You might feel cold, or the warmth of the sun. You might have the taste of coffee or toothpaste in your mouth.
When you’re learning a language, the goal is speaking in the language, or listening, reading or writing. You can take advantage of all the things we never notice about the world around us to extend your fluency and command over the language. Both in appearance and in actuality.
Why would I take this ‘live in all five senses’ approach to language learning?
- It makes building a personal story easier.
- It makes it easier to construct sentences.
- It actually increases cultural awareness and makes you better at everything.
How can I add living in all five senses to my language program specifically?
Well, the first step is to live in all five senses. The second step is to learn some sentences. This could be the equivalent of:
- “I smell the [roses]”
- “I see a [fox]”
- “I hear a [train]”
- “I taste [coffee]”
- “I feel [cold]”
You already know the first 500 words or so, and this is not a vocabulary exercise. Every day, you see, hear and feel items you’ve seen every day for the rest of your life. When your mom rings up, you use similar sentences you always do. “I saw Phil at the shops the other day” or “I was listening to the new CD you bought me for my birthday.” It’s the easiest way to progress from the simple sentences, “I went for coffee” to actual, full scale conversation with native speakers.
“I went to the coffee shop” becomes “I went to the coffee shop. The shop smelled strange, but the coffee tasted great. I saw a dog out of the window that was scared when it heard a helicopter go overhead.”
The above sentence says the same thing, but it uses a lot more words and paints a better picture for the listener, even though the additions are basic: The grammar and vocabulary is straight forward, just a case of learning some tenses and expressing a life when you live in all five senses.
OK. I understand what it means to live in all five senses now. But why the hyperbole?
Hyperbole is fun. Aside from that, a common issue people have with language learning is that get stuck on plateaus. There is a massive difference between a beginner and intermediate. There is a massive difference between intermediate and advanced. But small steps have to be taken to make huge leaps forward. To live in all five senses is life advice. It’s also a great way to take something you already know and use it in a different way to get to the next level. The best part is that it takes next to no effort to achieve real results with this.