Language Learning Motivation
In the early stages, it’s easy to get fired up on learning a second language. But then it slowly begins to fade and it becomes a downward spiral. Eventually, it becomes a tedious chore. So, how can you stay motivated in language learning?
What’s Your Goal?
To achieve anything you’re learning, it’s important to know what your ultimate goal is. Regards to language learning, is it to get a job or promotion? To become fluent? To learn about another culture? Knowing your end goal can help you be more focused. However, did you know that the end goal of building and maintaining relationships is more effective than achieving a job or promotion?
According to The Telegraph, “learners who study a language with the aim of better understanding a culture, language, and society are integratively more motivated.” In other words, language learning is the bridge between building effective relationships romantic or not. Language learning can also be a gesture of respect.
Family members who have roots in different cultures also serve as good motivation as it’s personally meaningful to them. In addition, if you have a positive attitude toward your target culture, you will be better at picking up their intonation and pronunciation. This also results in more communication with locals to facilitate your language learning capabilities.
Personal accomplishments include getting a job or promotion. It includes academic achievement as well. For example, students learning a second language may have an interest in the language or culture beforehand. However, their target goal is to obtain their academic credit and move forward in school. Students and professionals are often motivated to learn a second language to further their career or believe that a second language will benefit them in the long run. Learning a second language is a stepping stone in achieving their personal accomplishments.
The goal of personal accomplishments is just as important as forming cross-cultural relationships. However, it is important to keep in mind that if you have a negative outlook on the culture of the language you’re learning, it will be difficult for you to grasp pronunciation and intonation even if your salary looks more pleasing.
Did You Know?
Did you know that British teenagers are the worst in Europe in languages? According to a study done by The Telegraph, they tested fourteen British teenagers to speak French, the first foreign language taught in schools. Besides understanding basic phrases and words, many were unable to grasp more complex vocabulary and sentences. The reason may be due to English being a predominant language.
Learning a second language at a young age is better if you want to achieve fluency. As you’re more likely to absorb information, language learning becomes easier. It also helps if you have a family member who speaks the language well and communicates with you on a daily basis in that language. The older you get, the more difficult it is to grasp a new language.
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