Sometimes learning a language is a new experience, and it can be hard to keep up the motivation as it seems too hard to progress. I’ve been learning languages my whole life, and I would like to share five tips with you that I have found useful. Remember: everybody, learns differently! Also, if you struggle keeping up the motivation, sometimes trying something new makes a difference. So, let’s begin:
1. Little by little is better than a lot at once
Let’s say you’ve studied for two hours today . Next week you study again but only one day out of the week. Then you notice that you’ve forgotten most of what you’ve learned . Why? Learning a language is a process that needs consistency . Instead of doing two hours straight on one day, why not change it to 15 minutes every day?
2. Informal expressions (colloquialisms) are important
There are words and expressions that natives will always use. These are key in your listening comprehension and of course to sound more natural when speaking . Don’t try them all at once and make sure to know the correct meanings. . Furthermore, don’t leave colloquialisms last. Start with the easy ones as well as the most used.
3. Have a goal that motivates you
Everybody has a different reason to learn a language. It can be a trip , integrating in daily life , an exam or even a job . The big goal is not the only one that matters. It might be that you need to pass an exam, but studying for it is boring. That would mean that you need a new goal! After taking the exam, you will buy that book you wanted, or you will celebrate with your best friend… you name it!
4. Hobbies + Language = Fun
Do you like cooking? Sports? Music? We all have something we are interested in. Why not learn new vocabulary or practice grammar by focusing on some of your interests? In music, for example, you could discover your new favorite band, or if you like to discover new recipes, you will definitely find new flavors.
5. Think in the language you’re learning
This one, in particular, doesn’t have to take the whole day . But if you find yourself in a time of reflection, try to think about those thoughts in the language you’re learning. You might find that sometimes you may need new vocabulary or a new expression for what you are wanting to express .
Do you have any extra tips? Maybe if we all share some tips, we can find easier ways to learn !