Absorb all information in your target language
Start by making a list of all the information you absorb throughout the day, from the moment you wake up to hitting the sheets for bed time.
Here’s what this might look like:
• You wake up, turn off the alarm on your smartphone and quickly check up on messages.
• You turn on your computer and read emails or open up your social media profiles to see what’s happening.
• You read a printed (or digital) newspaper over breakfast, on your commute or at work.
• You listen to radio in the car or a podcast while you walk around town.
• You get home after work and watch movies or TV shows, or you browse Netflix for a while.
• While at the gym, cooking or in the shower, you listen to your favorite music.
That is a lot of language input! Seems like a waste to have that all in English, does it not?
Now think of how you can change everything into the target language you want to learn.
• Change your smartphone’s language setting.
• Change your computer’s language settings and enable a foreign keyboard layout.
• Find your favorite news source in your target language, or find a new newspaper from a country where the target language is spoken.
• Stream live radio broadcasts and download podcasts in the target language.
• Watch movies on Netflix with foreign language audio + subtitles, and while you hear the language spoken read also the subtitles and if you don’t know any word switch to the subtitles in your native language and back to your target language.
• Rock out to popular songs in your target language (i.e. https://youtu.be/uDQgIucRQG0 if you want to learn Greek!)
Some changes will be small at first, but these changes accumulate into providing an immersive experience for you as time passes.
Follow your daily routine to the minute, but just change the language setting on your life.
This means that if you do not like reading newspapers, you will not go out of your way to read them. If you enjoy watching movies, continue to watch the movies you enjoy (do not even change the genre) and use tools like Netflix to listen in the foreign audio with subtitles.
Forcing yourself to do something you do not already enjoy is one of the fastest ways to stop your learning journey, because your brain will quickly come to associate the foreign language with negative, boring and arduous experiences, rather than positive ones.