There’s always something, isn’t there?
Some people are really good at making excuses. If it’s not a big holiday coming up, like now perhaps in December, it’s maybe too much stress at work. If it’s not a great series on your favourite network, then it’s because you have to finish clearing out the garage..
There are a myriad of excuses to be coined for putting off seriously getting down to language learning. Some can never seem to find a good time to get started with a big project like this.
Perhaps someone like that is reading this, right now.
And we have to admit, learning a language is a big project. It’s a major project. It’s a project that can take a long time. It’s probably a project that really doesn’t have a specific end.
Even in our own first language, there will always be something new to learn. We hear new words all the time in our own first language. Words that we have to reach to the dictionary for. Think how much more so in a new language.
When you begin to learn a new language, you have to be ready to go in for the long haul. It won’t be fast, it won’t be without its ups and downs. It won’t be effortless. It will be hard. But it can be fun too.
The key is not to find the effortless way, but to find the fun and interesting ways, ways to keep you engaged and involved over time, over a lengthy period of time. You need to add variety to your learning. Try different styles, different approaches, different teachers, different courses, different books, different people to talk to and learn with.
If not, the whole process will become stale and you will lose interest. Once you lose interest, the magic has gone. The initial motivation and enthusiasm wane and it will take an awful lot to regain momentum.
Keep in mind the reasons why you want to learn another language and follow this…
- Make a list of 5 reasons why you want to learn another language
- Identify which part of the language you most need/want : Listening , Speaking, Reading, or Writing. (Or any combination)
- Search for the first/second/third/ etc. most appropriate method to begin your learning.
- Take action required to learn according to method.
- Read your list of 5 reasons why you want to learn another language.
- Rinse and repeat!!!!!
So if not now, then when?
More next time…