According to Anne Lutz Fenandez in her book, Carjacked: The Culture of the Automobile and its Effect on our Lives, Americans spend 18 and a half hours a week in their cars!
I am always amazed how well-versed my students are in pop culture and in pop music. Now I know why. It’s because they are studying pop music nearly 20 hours a week!
Turn the radio off. Life is too short to busy your brain with trouble in the Middle East or with dumb pop music. You can catch up later. There will always be trouble in the Middle East and there will always be dumb pop music.
Before we run the numbers, let’s assume a lower number just to be safe. Let’s say you spend only 2 hours in your car every day, that means:
- Each Day – 2 hours
- Each Week – 14 hours
- Each Month – 56 hours
- Each Year – 672 hours!
It only takes 1,000 hours of concentrated effort to become proficient in a language. You can learn a new language in your car just by turning the radio off and replacing it with audio language content. Imagine that: you could be nearly proficient in Latin one year from today!