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How to stay motivated when learning a language

August 18, 2019


In my experience, the difference between people who are successful at learning languages and people who are not is this: People who often give up approach learning languages with a couple of specific questions. They often want to know: How long exactly is this going to take me to do and how much of my time am I going to have to give every day in order to be able to do this. The reason why is because they don’t really like learning languages. They like speaking languages and they like the idea of the benefits of it, but they’re not necessarily enjoying the process of learning them. In order to make your language-learning a
lot more fun, I think you should focus on the things that interest you the most. If you want to learn the language to
learn more about the culture, then you should be watching films, you should be reading and enjoying those things that are available. It’s also important to reward yourself
for the learning that you’re doing, so make sure that you give yourself a little treat and maybe even plan a holiday or a trip to the country where they speak the language, so you can actually see how much progress you’ve made since you started learning and how far you could still come in a similar amount of time. The other really important thing is to set realistic goals when thinking about learning a language. That well may keep you much more motivated through the language-learning process and make sure that you stick to the commitment that you make. So, an example of an unrealistic goal is: ‘I want to be able to speak German fluently.’ That’s very, very difficult to achieve and it’s gonna take you a long time. But an example of a realistic goal would be something like: ‘I would like to have a ten-minute conversation with a native speaker about something very simple and easy.’ Or, for example: ‘I want to be able to watch the news and understand fifty per cent of it.’ That’s something that is very clear
and that you could work towards in order to make sure that you keep seeing how much progress you make. Share your language-learning tips and experiences by leaving a comment below, and make sure you check out the other videos in this series.

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  1. what i hate when learning languages is studying grammar &this theoretical matters😭😭😭which made me mad😖😖

  2. Dankeschöin. Nuu leir ik Pomeranisch, dat is ain Plattdüütsch-dialekt, un "sometimes I get a bit discouraged. Äwer, ik denk dat is normal.

  3. I think that building quick confidence is a key factor. As boring as it might seem, learning how to introduce and talk about yourself in your target language helps to build quick language confidence as these are words that are most likely to stick at first.

  4. I also agree with focusing on a niche area. When I was learning my first second language, Spanish, I focused on the fashion industry. I love fashion and it made learning the language fun and it allowed the words to stick. I was able to start reading fashion blogs and magazines in Spanish at a much quicker pace and a lot sooner. Again….build language confidence.

  5. I would also like to add being able to express yourself. Not just "I am happy, or I am sad," but also be able to explain why. The quicker you are able to express your emotions in your target language, the quicker you can start functioning in the language.

  6. Last thing, pick a language you have some type of connection to. I learned Spanish and French because they were the first two foreign countries that I visited. Spanish was also widely spoken in my school growing up and in my neighborhood. I had deep connections to both languages. I learned Arabic because of the military and then living in the Middle East for 7 years working as an IT contractor. I personal connections to the languages and that is why I was able to stick with them. I had a deep reason; the languages brought something special in my life.

  7. Definitely agree with go with what you're interested in. Most of my students who grow the fastest do just that. On top of that I'd add focus: I'm interested in tons of stuff, but I find that when I hone in on just one or two things (like, say, learning how to talk about my job or playing a particular game) I grow a lot faster.

  8. your tips is very useful thank you …some people get abset because of failing . in speaking with a native speaker as example

  9. it is important to create a support system as well. try to find at least one person (preferably a native) with whom you can use the language, that way you lern from eachother and stay motivated

  10. i enjoy listening to the music of the language im learning and also trying to translate my daily communication in the respective language in my head at least!

  11. Your video motivate me to learn more. Currently I want to learn Korean language. I learn through watch a lot of Korean drama, songs, YouTube video and some of the books or post (online). Now I able to know 50% of what Korean speaking. But still a long way to go.

  12. what i do is i save money for a trip to japan and i wont spend it till i have sufficient knowledge to speak at least slightly properly 🙂

  13. Well thank you for your help but the fact iam learning norwegian, i have so many distractions like gaming and tv shows and stuff the fact that i need to memorize some words but i cant really concentrate when trying to do so …

  14. Hey there ! I wonder how it is very nice video for us who needs to improve our skills so I am happy to see this video toady otherwise I need it because my English is so limite if any one could help other other I am here for now till the day I die cheers or thanks who made up this video again and again.

  15. My realistic goal that kept me motivated for learning Korean:
    Watch a 10 minute + bts video without subtitles and understanding everything they say.

  16. one tip is to listening to cds while driving just to get your ear acquainted with the sounds even if you don't understand everything at first.

  17. the government put in a rule that you have to learn at least 1 language for gcse if you get certain grades, which is fair enough. I've been learning French for 4 years (I would have chosen Spanish but I didn't get to choose) and still can't hold a conversation. My exams are in 7 months so I need to start learning NOW lol

  18. How to Stay Motivated When Learning a Language (Transcrição)

    1 – In my experience, the difference between people who are successful at learning languages and people who are not is this: People who often give up approach learning languages with a couple of specific questions.  They often want to know: How long exactly is this going to take me to do and how much of my time am I going to have to give every day in order to be able to do this.

    2 – The reason why is because they don’t really like learning languages. They like speaking languages and they like the idea of the benefits of it, but they’re not necessarily enjoying the process of learning them. In order to make your language-learning a lot more fun, I think you should focus onthe things that interest you the most.

    3 – If you want to learn the language to learn more about the culture, then you should be watching films, you should be reading and enjoying those things that are available. It’s also important to reward yourself for the learning that you’re doing, so make surethat you give yourself a little treat and maybe even plan a holiday or a trip to the country where they speak the language, so you can actuallysee how much progress you’ve made since you started learning and how far you could still come in a similar amount of time.

    4 – The other really important thing is to set realistic goalswhen thinking about learning a language. That well may keep you much more motivated through the language-learning process and make sure that you stick to the commitment that you make. So, an example of an unrealistic goal is: ‘I want to be able to speak German fluently.’ That’s very, very difficult to achieve and it’s gonna take you a long time.

    5 – But an example of a realistic goal would be something like: ‘I would like to have a ten-minute conversation with a native speaker about something very simple and easy.’ Or, for example: ‘I want to be able to watch the news and understand fifty per cent of it.’ That’s something that is very clear and that you could work towards in order to make sure that you keep seeing how much progress you make.

    6 – Share your language-learning tips and experiences by leaving a comment below, and make sure you check out the other videos in this series.

  19. Never give up in learning! Remember, "you never fail until you stop trying"! – A. Einstein. Try to turn your learning into your hobby, and truly believe in it.

  20. Hello! Sorry if it looks like a spam, but I'm working on the perception of the French language in the UK for my MA dissertation and I'm looking for British people to answer my questionnaire, it would really help me if some of you could fill it in ! Merci beaucoup ! 🙂 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfFrJYxaihxwguWiurN6NMqvyMl2MrOfC2pLKHX8s92V4HvaA/viewform

  21. 75%, of people just want to learn Japanese so they can understand what their anime is saying without subtitles or waiting for a dub

  22. I treated myself to a trip before learning the language xD i am motivated to learn so that next time I go I can speak it

  23. Why do I want to learn spanish?
    To pass my GCSE spanish speaking exam
    Edit: Why do I want to learn korean?
    To be able to go to korea without complications in language. Cool

  24. I want to give up on learning Japanese T.T it's been 6 years and I'm still not able to speak fluently, it's so frustrating…
    P.S. : I'm French, if you're also frustrating because you can't seem to improve in your target language follow me on instagram : ho0.ney xD that's a good reason to join

  25. Ive been learning Danish for a couple years now but havent gotten very far due to lack of motivation. Im obsessed with Denmark and Danish (My bedroom walls are full of danish flags & maps and things) yet I can never motivate myself to do it. I hope this video helps me

  26. Don't focus on how much you will learn in French, focus on how … entertaining it is to learn French words a little bit at a time. If the French person isn't a dick, than they'll make an effort to understand, and correct you where you've went wrong.

  27. Learn a language means to attain the chosen skills of the language.
    Study a language means to improve the chosen skills of the language.
    Learn to do something means to become able to do something.

    There are 5 language skills:
    – reading comprehension: your skill of reading texts and understand it.
    – listening comprehension: your skiil of listening to speech and understand it.
    – readlistening comprehension: your skill of readlistening to audiotexts and understand it. Audiotext is a text with its version in speech and you can read the text and listen to the speech at the same time. As for readlisten, it means to read a text and listen to the speech version of the text at the same time. Audiotexts may be videos in english with subtitles in English, audios with transcription, etc.
    – speaking communication: your skill of communicating to others using speaking.
    – writing communication: your skill of communicating to others using writing.

    In order to learn these skills, you must study them correctly. Unfortunately, a lot of people who desire to learn one or more of these skills can't do it successfully because they don't study correctly and don't know why they can't learn. i've been through this difficulty before, but eventually I find out that the correct way to learn languages is the same we learned our native language and we learned it unconsciously, so we don't recognize the real way of learning.

    These are the correct way of learning these 5 skills:
    – reading comprehension: read a lot of English(for instance) by paying attention to what you're reading until you get used to as much as possible of English.
    – listening comprehension: listen to a lot of English by paying attention to what you're listening to until you get used to as much as possible of English.
    – readlistening comprehension: readlisten to a lot of English by paying attention to both audio and text until you get used to as much as possible of English. It teaches you the correct pronounce of what you're reading and helps you to improve listening easier.
    – speaking communication: actually, in order to learn it, you have to listen to a lot of comprehensible English speech by paying attention to what you are listening to. As a result, you learn to speak sentences with many vocabs and good pronounciation naturally, without thinking about what words you wanna speak and without using mental translation to form sentences in English.
    – writing communication: You have to read a lot of comprehensible english texts by paying attention to what you are reading. As a result, you become able to write texts with correct ortography and grammar. I am a portuguese speaking person from Brazil, I learned a bit of English as a second language using the correct way of learning languages and there was no need to write what I mean in English translating from Portuguese to English.

    This is the truth about language learning, you probably believe in different methods, but every people from the world who learned any languages learned the languages in the correct way. I hope this to be useful for you and helps you to learn the languages you want. we only understand what we are used to lisen and read. i wanna know your comments about this. 🙂

  28. I speak Dutch, German (both native), I speak fluent English, and I can speak French. I am learning Zulu and I know a little bit of Italian and Spanish. (by the way, I'm 15 years old and dyslectic. So if I can speak those languages with my dyslexia and age, Y'all can do it too!)

  29. Once upon a time we had a colleagues from USA and Australia, at that time i was very good in speaking English while talking to them, but now when they are not with us i am loosing my English fluency. as you suggest to have 10 minutes conversation with native English speaker, but could you please introduce us to somewhere we can speak to the native English speaker. thanks

  30. I'm trying to learn Arabic (Iraq version) and I'm gonna start watching Arabic movies as well as the music

  31. Ich bin ein apfel und lustig (I am an apple and funny) I learnt this is a few seconds on duolingo so go out learn languages

  32. I want to learn Japanese language but I can't concentrate 😟😟 always m thinking japanese is a tough language ☹️

  33. Wanted to learn new language but recent events in life has made me lose interest, this video shown me my previous 'motivation' to learn new language was the wrong motivation..

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