Losing steam? Stay motivated with these 3 tips

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Let’s face it. No matter how well we plan to achieve any goal, in this case language learning, even the best of us can get sidetracked or lose motivation along the way. This is why the Mauril team has put together three tried and true strategies for keeping things fresh and staying motivated while on the road to language learning success.

Tip #1: Revisit your game plan

If you find that your motivation is waning, you might need to revise your objectives and determine if they are realistic. Did something change in your life that may be preventing you from dedicating the time necessary for achieving your goal? Have your goals changed since you first began? You may discover that you overestimated or underestimated yourself. Not to worry, this can be a great opportunity for some introspection.

Consider giving yourself a more specific deadline for achieving your language learning goals. It could be helpful to break your larger goal (speak fluently) down into smaller goals (be able to have a short conversation, watch a movie, place an order at a restaurant). 

What’s more, try finding ways to hold yourself accountable. For example, tell a friend or family member about your goals so they can support you and follow up on your progress. This could be crucial for moments when you might be struggling or when you need a friendly nudge to help you move forward. A friendly smile or encouraging hug can go a long way.

Don’t forget to reward yourself for your hard work. Your game plan should include an incentive. Keep your eyes on the prize!

Tip #2: Shake things up

Step out of your regular language learning routine with some new learning methods. Enquire about language groups at your local library or search for groups online, and then meet up with other people who are learning the same language. You could find a conversation partner and help inspire each other. Studying with someone is a great way to stay motivated.

Another idea is to try to find someone in your network who is already fluent or whose first language is the language you are learning. Consider signing up for a new activity, like a sport or cooking class, to diversify your friend circle and stay motivated.

Last but not least, try attending an event that puts the culture and the language you are learning in the spotlight. Find a restaurant, a movie, a theater performance, etc. Learning takes place where you least expect it!

Tip #3: Acknowledge your progress and dream big!

When working toward any type of goal, we can sometimes get caught up in the details. Don’t forget to look at the bigger picture and acknowledge how far you’ve come. 

Take a moment to think about what you can do rather than how much you have yet to learn; you are more skilled and knowledgeable than when you started! It can be useful to write or record yourself speaking the language you’re learning so you can look back and see how much progress you’ve made. Try it now, and make your future self proud.

You might also benefit from a visualization exercise. Close your eyes and think about what life might look like when you’re fluent. Picture yourself doing all the things you’d like to do when you can finally speak with ease. Imagine it in all its vibrancy and detail! 

When you begin to think about throwing in the towel, pick one or two—or all three—of these motivational tips to help bring new energy to your language learning journey. The Mauril app keeps language learning fresh and engaging with continually updated content from CBC/Radio-Canada. Check it out here!

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