How To: Stay Motivated In Language Learning

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?

Cross-Cultural Relationships

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.

 

language learning relationshipFamily 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 Accomplishment

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.

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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.

Need Some Fun Motivation?

Did you know that U-Dictionary’s APP provides fun and engaging daily learning for English learners? We have games, English phrases, words, and videos to help you get a better grasp of English faster than reading textbooks and doing boring quizzes and worksheets!

Talk: Sleep Deprived

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男底色.png You look a bit grumpy today. 

女底色.png Do I? I think it’s because I haven’t been getting enough sleep lately.

男底色.png I see. Have you tried warm milk before bed? It usually helps me sleep better. 

女底色.png Thanks for the suggestion. Yes, I’ve tried it. I think I tried everything, and nothing has been helping me sleep better.

男底色.png You might be too stressed or have something on your mind. 

女底色.png Yes, I think you’re right. I need a day off. 

男底色.png I thought you will be going on vacation next week with your family.

女底色.png Actually, it’s not really much of a vacation. We are attending my brother’s wedding next week, and a bunch of relatives will be there.

男底色.png I take it that you are either not fond of weddings or not fond of crowds. 

女底色.png It’s both. Now I think I know the reason why I haven’t been sleeping well.

 

Learn English Phrases Everyday [audio]

1. A blessing in disguise
The phrase “a blessing in disguise” is a common English idiom. It means a good thing that appeared bad at first. In other words, it is used to describe something good that you initially thought was bad.
Here are three example sentences for your reference.
“Losing that job was a blessing in disguise. It made me pursue my dream of being an entrepreneur.”
“Dropping that class was a blessing in disguise. He ended up taking another class which helped in boosting his overall GPA.”
“Her injury was a blessing in disguise, for she got some much-needed rest.”

2. It’s not rocket science
Another English phrase is “it’s not rocket science.” It is often used as a standalone. In other words, you do not necessarily use it as part of a sentence. This phrase is used to say that the task at hand is not complicated.
Here are three example sentences for your reference.
“You simply file the paperwork. It’s not rocket science.”
“Changing the oil in your car is easy. Don’t worry, it’s not rocket science.”
“While fixing my broken garage door is not rocket science, I’m still having trouble with it.”