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Noel van Vliet

Noel is the founder of Smart Language Learner. When he isn't learning languages or writing about it, you can find him enjoying the good life of Costa Rica, where he lives with his wife and 4 children.

You Don’t Want to Learn a Language at All

You have it all planned out, don’t you?!

Travel the world, interact with natives, and feel like you’re one of them.

Maybe even emigrate to a sunny place and start a new life there?

Your new language could unlock it all for you.

It’s there for the taking.

The only problem?

You don’t want to learn a language at all.

Why You Should Travel Alone

When you travel, do you prefer to go with someone else?

If so, you’re missing out my friend.

Accompanied travel is limited travel.

By traveling with someone you are limiting your experiences.

Yeah, traveling with a friend can be cool. But it’s not the real cookie; not the real adventure.

To experience that, you have to go alone.

Dare to Feel Bad About Your Language Learning

Boredom, frustration, a sense of inferiority.

If you’ve ever tried to learn a language, you know these feelings all too well.

You don’t want to feel them…

So you spend an enormous amount of time and energy to try and suppress them.

Why? Because you think they have tremendous power.

The power to destroy your dreams of learning another language and make you never try again.

If you allow yourself to feel their disturbance, you think you will be sucked into a deep well and never come out again.