What is the most crucial thing when it comes to language learning? For the majority of learners, the answer would be “motivation”. Motivation is something that keeps us going through that demanding long-term process of getting new language skills. It is not also a secret that motivation is never permanent and tends to disappear as soon as you make first progress. So the question is, how to stay motivated throughout the whole language course and encourage yourself to learn more? Here are some simple tips:
SET THE RIGHT GOALS
“I’m learning it just for myself” is not the one that is capable of moving you forward. In fact, it is too vague and weak to be called a “goal” at all. If you have no obvious goal, such as getting more out of your travels or being more successful at work, you have to invent it. Perhaps, passing an international language exam with flying colours would be an option.
To be more likely to achieve the result you want, split your main goal into some smaller short-term goals, and reward yourself once you reach them. For instance, it might be a great idea to present yourself with a pair of trendy jeans after you learn 30 new words on the topic of clothes. However, it is essential to stay consistent, never rewarding yourself with time away from learning.
BUILD A LEARNING ROUTINE
It is vitally important to work every day if possible. An hour of daily work will soon result in better language skills and confidence in your abilities. Moreover, it is the most effective way to get into a learning routine, which will eventually form a habit. Habits are deeply ingrained and can be easily maintained.
TRICK YOUR DISTRACTIONS
However motivated you are, there will always be some distractions holding you back from making progress. It might be your favourite TV show or an extra hour spent on Instagram. Whatever your distractions are, it is quite possible to trick them by switching into the language you are learning. Use English (French, Spanish, etc.) for everything you are doing: watching YouTube videos, surfing the Internet, or chatting online. The key idea is to make all the distractions work for you.
Stay motivated and never give up.
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