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Friday, 16 August 2019
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Tips to keep improving during 'slow learning' days

Learning overload is a normal and natural stage of the learning process. Don't let it discourage you.


1. If you really can't study, then don't

Pressure to focus on your books or learning apps will probably lead to poor results, compared to the effort. Better focus on relaxing activities based on the target language:

  • listen to music, sing along if you want
  • watch a movie, with or without subtitles
  • read an interesting webpage in the target language
Treat these activities as fun time, not learning time. Although they are good strategies that should figure in your study plan anyway, they are not as daunting or stressful.

2. Save time on the answers

The more you practice, the better you learn. Exercises, mock tests, writing, grammar drills...everything helps.

Unless you are going through a slow day. In days like that, hard work is counter-productive. Instead of wasting time trying to remember or work out the answers by yourself, look them up.

A bad habit for normal study sessions, cheating is good for keeping you motivated.

3. Break the routine

  • If you are a mornings person, try evenings.
  • If you usually learn with audio, try with texts.
  • If you normally focus on grammar rules, try creative writing.
Any method is likely to help you, as long as it remains interesting and fresh. Also, variety is necessary for improving your overall language level.

4. Break the task

When you are tired, distracted, stressed or just unwilling to study, a day's worth of learning material sounds like a huge task - and probably is. Here is an easy method to deal with it: divide the material in manageable parts.

Instead of studying 'Unit 3' of your book, think of it as a multi-part task: a) text, b) vocabulary, c) use of language, d) cultural references and so on. The thought of doing only 'a' and 'b' or 'c' or 'd', will deceive you into studying the whole material, or at least a large part of it.

Grammar point of the week

Attributes in genitive case

When the genitive case of a noun is used as another noun's attribute, it can take several meanings:
  • Ownership (γενική κτητική): Ο σκύλος του παιδιού. (Τίνος είναι ο σκύλος;)
  • Performer of the action (γενική υποκειμενική): Το μαγείρεμα της γιαγιάς. (Ποιος μαγειρεύει;)
  • Receiver of the action (γενική αντικειμενική): Ο οδηγός του αυτοκινήτου. (Τι οδηγεί ο οδηγός;)
  • Location (γενική του τόπου): Η πρωτεύουσα της Ελλάδας. (Ποιας χώρας είναι πρωτεύουσα;)
  • Time (γενική του χρόνου): Η τέχνη του εικοστού αιώνα. (Τέχνη ποιας εποχής;)
  • Measurement (γενική του μέτρου): a) Απόσταση πέντε χιλιομέτρων. (Πόσο μήκος έχει;) b) Ταξίδι τριών ημερών.(Πόσον χρόνο διαρκεί;)
  • Quality (γενική της ιδιότητας): Μουσική της παρέας. (Τι είδους είναι η μουσική;)
  • Goal, use (γενική του σκοπού): Το ποτήρι του νερού. (Σε τι χρησιμεύει το ποτήρι;)
  • Division, percentage (γενική διαιρετική): Μια ομάδα ανθρώπων. (Πόσοι από το σύνολο;)

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Word of the week


(to be)


  • είμαι + article + name
  • είμαι + profession, quality, feature
  • είμαι + current location


  • Είμαι η Χριστίνα. Εσύ;
    (I am Christina. You?)
  • Η Μαρία είναι μηχανικός υπολογιστών.
    (Maria is a computer engineer)
  • Ο τουρίστας είναι κουρασμένος.
    (The tourist is tired.)
  • Ο Βαγγέλης είναι στην Αθήνα.
    (Vangélis is in Athens)
  • Είμαι υπέρ της ξεκούρασης.
    (I support relaxation. /I am for it.)