I know that language learning should be fun; But what happens when you are too laid back to study the language? You started with so much energy enough to power a whole country but now all that ”vibe” to learn your target language is gone.
You are probably an intermediate learner with a B2 level of proficiency and a certificate you speak highly of; But you still make mistakes when you speak and very often come across words you don’t understand, when you read. Well, don’t feel sore or sorry for yourself. NO!
You should GET ANGRY. Before you condemn this post, here’s what I mean.
Anger energizes us and gives us all the strength we need, to fight obstacles to our success; One of which is laziness. Anger also motivates us to become better versions of ourselves.
HOW TO GET ANGRY
We already know that this kind of anger would spur positive change. But we also know that we can’t chant some abracadabra and wait for the spirit of anger to descend upon us. So how do we get angry?
1. Remember your why: Why did you decide to learn that language? At some point, you made a decision to get so good in that language. Why? Take a walk down the path where you started this journey and remember what motivated you in the first place.
2. Recall your achievements: You must have hit some milestones while you were actively learning this language. Remember the joy you felt when you had your first conversation in the language, you might also want to remember how you finally mastered the sounds and accent of the language, oh and when you passed that test, or that moment you didn’t have to look up a word in the dictionary because you finally knew it. I bet, you are starting to smile already. I like that!
3. Engage in positive comparison: Without any strings of jealousy. Take a minute to remember successful learners of your target language who started this same journey with you. Reflect on their strengths. What do you think they are doing differently? Are they watching TV shows? Do they chat with native speakers? You can also reach out to them if they seem approachable. Imbibe their learning culture. You don’t have to do exactly all they are doing. Just pick the ones that resonate better with you and do them.
4. Let your imagination run wild: Quick exercise. Close your eyes and imagine what it would be like when you can finally speak this language confidently. Imagine the places you’ll travel to without this language barrier, the jobs you’ll be qualified for, the prestige that’ll come as you speak fluently at networking events. Imagine what it would be like to make lengthy conversations with native speakers. I think I just struck a chord. Have you been motivated to get back up?
Stay angry and begin again!
Thanks John.I’m glad you loved it.