How many times have you committed yourself to learning a language, only to find yourself lacking the time to actually do it?
Whether you’re prepping for a vacation in a foreign country, or you need that language for business purposes, you’re only going to get better by actually practicing. But how to find the time?
Turns out, you don’t have to be sitting in front of your desk in order to learn a language — you simply have to leverage the time you’re otherwise “wasting.” OK, so you’re not exactly “wasting” time when you’re in the shower, but still, you can use it to master some tongue exercises.
With that in mind, here are some of the ways you can use your shower time to practice a language.
Sing the language. Yep, that’s right — sing. You might already be doing it while in the shower — so why not switch into the target language? For those who are aural learners, singing songs will help you remember pronunciation and even grammar. And if your Rinnai tankless water heater happens to spit out a splash of hot water all of a sudden (although that’s unlikely), you might just get to some really high notes…
Talk to yourself. You might already be practicing certain target-language phrases under your breath, hoping to work on pronunciation and grammar — but here’s another way to take it to the next level: Have a conversation in which you play both sides. Ask a question and then answer. It’s great practice!
Listen to podcasts. If you’re already listening to music while in the shower, why not switch to language-specific content? There are plenty of podcasts out there aimed at helping you master your target language, so in this case, all you have to do is find a set of USB-accessible speakers that are powerful enough for you to hear while the shower is running. Practice conjugation or learn new phrases. You can even simply listen to the actual radio in the target language. Even that small amount of time each day will get your brain thinking in the language.
Get a shower curtain (seriously!). Are you a visual learner? Don’t worry — there’s a way to improve your vocabulary while taking a shower or a bath. Several companies are now making educational shower curtains that allow you to practice your vocabulary words while you’re scrubbing up. Vocabulary curtains come in several languages. In addition, there are shower curtains out there that help you learn geography or the even periodic table of the elements (gasp!).
So there you have it: The tried-and-true, excuse-proof list of ways you can learn your target language while you’re taking a shower. Of course, some of them — such as the second and third in particular, are applicable nearly anywhere. Have that conversation with yourself while you’re driving in the car, for example, or pop on a foreign language radio station the next time you’re driving around.
In no time, you’ll probably find that you’re using more of the target language than ever before.