Motivate Yourself (Step 1)
I think you'll agree with me when I say:
It can be REALLY difficult to stay constantly motivated to learn a language.
But does it have to be?
Well, it turns out, you can have an unshakeable motivation to learn a language by implementing four simple strategies...
And on this page, I'll show you what these strategies are and exactly how you can put them into action.
1. Find Practical Reasons for Learning a Language To Help You Stay Motivated
If you want to remain motivated while learning a language and not quit in the process, it's best to learn this language for practical reasons.
Let me explain...
By "practical reason" I mean a reason which will allow you to use this language in a useful and productive way in your life.
This way, you'll have a strong determination to learn the language.
Here are a few examples of such reasons:
- You need to speak the language to reach your career goals.
- You're certain that you'll live in a foreign country in the coming future.
- You seriously intend to visit a country where no (or very little) English is spoken.
- You fell in love with a language and you've discovered a passion for teaching it for a living.
As long as your motivation for learning a language is fueled by practical reasons, you are setting yourself up for success.
2. Integrate your Practice Time Into your Schedule To Make Sure You Keep Improving
Here’s the reality:
You won't be able to passively learn how to speak a language.
So, one way or another, you'll have to do some active learning and one of the best ways to do this is to interact with people.
Don't worry though, this doesn't have to be boring...
In fact, Step #3 of the method outlines how you can make tons of friends and have fun conversations in the target language with like-minded people.
Now, look at your schedule and make place for a 1/2 or 1 hour slot of practice time every day (more than 1 hour on the weekend if you can afford it).
Doing this will ensure you're dedicating time for improving your language skills and as a result, you'll make progress every single day.
3. Making Mistakes is Normal, Don't Bring Yourself Down
Don't be afraid to make mistakes.
Of course, like with anything, there will be off days during the language learning process.
These are normal and they happen to EVERYONE, not just you.
What matters is that you keep getting BETTER and if you closely follow the rest of the method on this website, that is a guarantee.
Here's the bottom line:
We're all human beings and we can all learn new things. The only difference is that we do not all learn at the same pace. So, embrace your ability to learn and accept your limitations.
Keep reminding yourself of that if you must.
4. Acknowledge Your Progress To Give Yourself a Motivational Boost
This is something that is often overlooked when looking for ways to motivate yourself.
In fact, it can be a huge morale boost to take some time to realize how good you're getting at mastering a language.
And the good news is that it's EXTREMELY easy to take advantage of this strategy.
Whenever you're practicing the language with someone, notice how much improved you are at speaking the language.
And when you're listening to someone speaking in the target language, observe how much better you are at understanding the language.
So, every now and then, it can be beneficial to take a step back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
If you're having motivation issues while learning a language, then I suggest that you apply these four strategies in order to increase your chances to succeed.
NEXT STEP: 2. Choose which variety of language to learn (OK, so you have the motivation to learn a language, but which variety?)