So you’ve decided to take the plunge.
You’re going on a trip to a country where they speak your target language.
Learning a language on your own is one thing, interacting face-to-face with native speakers is another thing altogether.
But it’s great and exciting.
So you’ve decided to take the plunge.
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.
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.
Lets’ face it.
Learning a new language can be a frustrating experience sometimes.
Granted, anything you can translate literally to a language you already know is a piece of cake.
But it’s in those things that differ so much from our native tongue where the challenges surface.
Almost all modern language-learning experts agree.
Language learning should be fun.
But can this obsession with being entertained actually hurt your chances of learning another language?
I think it can. Let me explain.
I thought I had it all figured out.
Surrounded by native speakers, probably for ever, there was nothing more I had to do but speaking to rapidly improve my Spanish.
Yep, just plain old chatting would shoot my fluency through the roof.
Or so I thought…