REAL PEOPLE means interacting with real people as opposed to learning from screens or paper. This is how we learned our first language – by talking with other people. Speaking with others will massively reduce your learning time. The person you are interacting with does not have to be fluent. A friend, parent or colleague who is willing to interact and learn with you will make a big difference.
CONTEXT is crucial. By putting words into context you give your new vocabulary meaning. Meaningfulness is a central plank for getting words into your LONG TERM MEMORY. The best technique for learning words is to seek the meaning of a word (because you need to know it) and then use it in a sentence. Using it straight away helps to lock it in. Look for products that use this method.
FUN is hugely important. No surprises but often overlooked. If you enjoy something, you do it more. The more you do it, the more you learn. Make learning a language FUN.
The best way to learn is through DISCOVERY LEARNING. That is the natural way we learned our first language. Hardly any products use this. Discovery Learning involves discovering what you want to know, when you want to know it. Some scientists call this the “Aha! Moment” or “Eureka Moment”. It’s when you “get it”. This is how our brains are hot-wired to learn a language.
GENERATIVE means learning you should learn how words fit together to make sentences rather than by rote (as in a phrasebook).