5 ways to stay motivated learning a new language

What made you start learning in the first place? Friendship? Love? Family? Self-improvement? Travel? Work? The reasons for learning a language are varied and often personal. Remember your reason. Use it to motivate you to keep going, keep learning and keep improving.

1. The Importance of Enjoyment! As long as you are enjoying it keep doing it. You don’t want learning a language to become a chore. There’s nothing less motivating than learning something just because you feel you have to.

2. You're bound to run out of motivation at times. The hard part of learning a language is what to do when that happens, and the answer is discipline. Even if you don't want to, make yourself sit down for five minutes and learn.

3. Write a letter to the future you telling about your goals and your current level


4. Compete with your friends or your classmates! There are many reasons why this is a good idea. Studying a language with friends automatically gives you someone to practice speaking with, for one thing. Another benefit is the extra level of accountability you’ll have to keep working at it.

5. Don’t compare yourself to other people... Instead of comparing yourself to other language learners, compare your current level to your level in the past, for example last month or last year. That way, you will be able to see the extent of progress you’ve made and boost your motivation. Always comparing yourself to other people can have the opposite effect.

Many of us get slightly demotivated when we realise we made a language mistake or when somebody corrects us. We should stop seeing mistakes as something negative. Instead, we should see them as a necessary element of language acquisition – something positive that allows us to get better!

Keep learning - Keep going...