When learning a language, staying motivated is more important than any other factor. Loss of motivation causes most learners to quit, even if they love the culture and native media of the language they’re learning.
There are many reasons people lose motivation, and it’s impossible for me to sum them all up. However, there are several ways to stay motivated or to even tackle this problem before starting to learn a foreign language.
In this video I talk about two quick “hacks” to make succeeding in your language learning endeavor a little bit more likely. Now, I know there are many more ways to stay motivated and I’m sure I’ll make a video about it in the future, but I wanted to get these two quick tips out as soon as possible.
Have fun if you want to stay motivated!
Not being motivated enough often comes down to approaching the language the wrong way. Many learners think it’s impossible to dive directly into the native media pool. Oh how mistaken they are!
You don’t need to study a bunch of grammar or go through textbooks first. You can, but it’ll make life a lot more boring. Personally, I get so frustrated by textbooks that I ignore them all together. My advice for you is to use textbooks as a supplement to getting massive input from native media.
Also, be sure to use media you actually enjoy. Not all shows and moves are fun, right? Just because a movie is in Spanish doesn’t make it automatically a good time for you as a Spanish learner. Watch dubbed cartoons like The Simpsons or South Park if you enjoy them in English and already know much of the dialog.
Pick the culture, not the language
Believe it or not, even in this globalized society every country has its own culture and customs. In fact, in some countries and cultures people are trying even harder to preserve their own culture because of globalization.
Matt’s article about why you should pick the culture and not the language has done wonders for me. It’s because I love the German culture that I took up learning German, not because I think the sound of it is pure awesome sauce (which it is).
When you love the culture of a language, you’ll find it easier to use native media that hasn’t been dubbed. It’ll also make it so much more enjoyable when you decide to go to the country where the language is spoken. Many more things will WOW you, and this simple fact will encourage and enable you to do even more language learning.
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