The most studied language in the world.
According to the Washington Post, there were 1.5 billion learners of English in the world in 2015.
The next most studied language, French, came in at a mere 82 million.
We all have tough moments in our language-learning journeys.
And as much as we would like, preventing them entirely is impossible.
Any kind of learning involves at least some pain:
Whether it’s study frustration, or embarrassment from pronouncing a word incorrectly in a conversation…..
No matter what you do, some frustration is inevitable in order to grow. You can’t learn something worthwhile without challenging yourself.
That challenge can be felt as a kind of pain, a frustration. A frustration that can quickly build up, and when it does, you just might want to throw all your learning materials into the trash can.
And if your learning material is digital, you might want to smash your Smart Phone into pieces as well.
The trick, then, is to not let that frustration get the better of you.
A simple shift of mind is usually enough to accomplish that.
Some people are like robots.
They set out to do goal achieving activities every day, and they follow through on them without fail.
Day after day, they show up to get one day closer to whatever their end goal is.
They get things done….and they’re going places, while screw ups like you and me (yeah, I’m talking to you) can’t get adelante.
Don’t those people make you sick?
They used to make my stomach feel like a bag of bricks, and me like a total screw up.
I stick to my schedule now. Even though it’s a very flexible one.
Here’s how I do it:
You can’t learn a new language in a month.
No matter what they promise you, it’s not going to happen. (At least not until they invent a language chip they can insert into your brain.)
Learning a new language is a rather lengthy process. It’s not something you do for a while and then you’re done. Some would say it’s a lifetime project.
Ever felt like you’ve come to a standstill in your language learning?
It sucks, right?
Long gone are the early days of your language journey when learning was a breeze:
The prospect of speaking a new language excited you so much … and picking up new words and grammar rules was almost as easy as breathing out.
Now, however, all you seem to do is maintain what you already learned.
“My entire life could not be possible if it wasn’t for other languages.”
Time for the 6th installment of Language Learning Gets Personal!
Today we have the charming and encouraging language teacher and blogger Kerstin Cable(*).
She is German but if you listen to her, one thing immediately stands out: her excellent English accent, testimony of her extensive knowledge of language learning and the efforts she’s made to get to where she is now.
Make sure you read all the way to the end because FluentU and Smart Language Learner give away a 3-month FluentU subscription!
Some people think all languages should be learned through real world materials.
Unfortunately, it’s not so simple to do.
Things can get messy…
Luckily, there’s a website that can help you.
When it comes to learning foreign vocabulary, rote learning is what most language learners dread most.
Fortunately, research now suggests that vocabulary is best learned by using the different senses.
According to a recent study, done by the Max Planck Institute, performing gestures while learning new words is particularly effective.
Successful language learning is not necessarily about the methods.
Methods do help, but they are utterly useless if you can’t remove the biggest obstacle to language-learning prosperity.
You probably already know what it is.
It’s something very, very close to you. In fact, nothing is closer to you than this thing. Heck, it isn’t even different from you.
The second Smart Language Learner case study is over.
It was definitely another interesting journey for me.
I knew very little German and have certainly picked up a lot of things on the way.
So, how did it all go?
Read on to find out.