Motivated language learning

Motivated language learning – It only works with the right motivation

Don’t set yourself goals which are too big

No one is born a master. And to learn a new language is guaranteed not to be easy. Start with small steps, like a child learning to walk. If the same child were to run a marathon, it would fail. The same is true when learning languages. If you were to learn for loads of hours each day, in order to perfectly communicate within a few weeks in that new language, you would probably lose interest sooner or later.

Don’t learn for more than 90 minutes a day. The best thing you can do is distribute this learning time over the entire daily routine. So your learning plan could be:

  • 20 minutes of learning vocabulary during breakfast
  • 20 minutes of reading a foreign language news site with your smartphone during the bus ride to work
  • 20 minutes of listening to a foreign language audio book during lunch
  • 30 minutes in the evening of learning with the PC-language course

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Motivated language learning is like learning to walk

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Learn from your mistakes

Sooner or later you will have a bad day and make mistakes. Maybe you’ll fail to remember a single word during your vocabulary learning, even though you knew them the day before.

Do not get angry. This is normal. It is important that you think about why you could not remember the vocabulary this time. Did you not give it enough time? Were you distracted? Did you have a head full of other things? Learn from it and try not to be in the same situation next time. In any case you must not put your head in the sand. Think of a little child learning to walk. Although the child falls many times, it does not give up and tries it again and again.

Set yourself small intermediate objectives

A single big goal is like a big mountain that you have to climb. Sometimes, you loose the desire and motivation to go on, because you can only see the great big task ahead. Instead set yourself many small milestones. When you reach a goal, it is a great feeling and motivates you to continue. For example, you could decide that you will learn 50 new pieces of vocabulary every week. If you can say at the end of a week that you did this, then you continue with renewed motivation and momentum into your next week of learning, in which you will learn, for example, 25 irregular verbs as well.

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Set yourself lots of small goals instead of one great one which you might never reach – That is motivated language learning!

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Tell others about your goals

What works for a point-scoring weight-loss group also works when learning a new language.

Tell your friends that you’re learning a new language. The general idea is that these people will ask you, the next time you meet, how you’ve progressed. So you put yourself under a little pressure, because you don’t want to expose your failures in front of your friends. You should get a small amount of fear, so that you work hard on your goals. Of course, this fear should not be too large and it should not be your main motivation either. A little fear in connection with your own motivation is not bad. But it is not just the fear of your friends. Rather, it will also be the positive feedback and praise from your friends which will encourage you in your learning.

Outsmart yourself

If you tell yourself that you need to learn a language, then your project always has negative connotations in your subconscious mind. Say to yourself that you must learn a language because of the many advantages that the language gives you. Do not start directly with the new language. First, give yourself one month where you see what opportunities there are. So you get a small taste of what to expect. Get an appetite for the new language, but don’t begin to learn, yet. Soon you will develop a certain anticipation for the new language. With the help of this anticipation and with the ideas of the possibilities which will open up to you with the new language, you are connecting only positive feelings with learning the new language .

Keep the positive feelings alive

Always keeping the goal in mind will help you to make progress. If you want to learn Spanish you can, for example, stick pictures from your last vacation in Spain to the fridge. If you have friends abroad and you want to learn their language, stick a picture of your friends in your wallet. Every time you open your wallet, you’ll be reminded of how nice it will be when you greet your friends in their native language.

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Evoke positive emotions – instead of frustration, when learning languages

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Here you will get even more tricks and tips :

  1. The different ways of learning languages
  2. Learning vocabulary successfully
  3. Motivated language learning
  4. It is so easy to train your understanding of a language at the same time
  5. Learning languages quickly? – Is it possible?
  6. The different types of learners when learning languages

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