Do you remember when you first mounted a bicycle? How you could not maintain traction and it did not take long before you plunged into the sidewalk? However, you kept at it daily, picking yourself up at each fall. Dusting your wobbling legs and having another go. Why? Because you had a target — you needed to acquire riding skills come what may. It is the same as learning a new language. There would come days you would not feel up to it. Times you just want to throw in the towel, go grab some pizza and ditch the new language. This is why in this post before you face the storm, I would love you to note the following on how to motivate yourself daily to learn a language.
What Was The Initial Spur?
In one of my posts, 10 Reasons Why people fail to stick to a positive learning habit, I made mention of the fact that you must not only clearly write down why you want to learn the new language but also refer back to it regularly to stay motivated. This cannot be overemphasized. If the purpose you decided to learn the new language is not clearly stated, when you face little challenges in the process, you would quickly abandon it.
Get a Skype Buddy or a Pen Pal
With the help of the internet, the world is now a global village indeed. From finding love to interacting with like-minded professionals to seeking help in all manners of fields. Learning a new language is not left out. The saying is true; two good heads are better than one and having someone with whom you can talk to (via Skype) or e-mail (as pen pals) would keep your new language flame burning.
Record/Video Yourself Speaking
It is an inexplicable joy when you hear yourself linking words and constructing sentences in a new language. Go on, try it. Punch that record/video button as you flow! You would be amazed by how much you have actually learned, which could boost your confidence and encourage you to learn more in the process.
Set Realistic Goals
Life answers to goals. You cannot simply just learn a language, just as you cannot jump into your new ride, or embark on a journey without a destination. Therefore, you must set daily and weekly goals. Achieving them gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment, and this equips you with the spur for a higher learning level. Slowly but surely, you will get there.
Create a Learning routine
This would help your body/mind get used to studying our new language at a particular time every day and your programmed inner clock would keep reminding you when it is time to dive into the new language web.
Variety is the Spice of Life
In this time and age, learning is much more fun than 20 years ago. Imagine being synched with your favorite game yet you are actually learning a new language through it! If you are not a game person, you can try radio, audiobooks, or movies as you are acquainted with how words are pronounced and sentences constructed in this current era. Find your muse.
Get a Language Acquisition Coach
If you have tried your best to encourage yourself to keep learning and did all you can to stay focused and disciplined, only to find yourself struggling to keep up with the motivation and commitment to learning a language, you need to get yourself some extra help.
I specialize in empowering individuals (even training professionals and business owners) who want to stay motivated learning a new language in order to expand and globalize their businesses overseas without or little use of interpreters.
Conclusively, you must stay committed to your new language course no matter what comes your way.