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How to Stay Motivated When Learning Another Language

Weekly Topic: My motivation booster

Nov 8, 2019

How to Stay Motivated When Learning Another Language

It can be hard to stay motivated when learning a language. It's easy to lose interest if you're always thinking, "How often do I need to study?" or "How long is it going to take to become fluent?"


In fact, the way that you think about studying is often more important than how hard you study!

Use the Language to Do Things You Enjoy

Instead of thinking about far-away goals, use the language to do things that you enjoy right now! For example, if you like learning about other cultures, watch TV shows or read in the language. If you enjoy cooking or sports, watch YouTube videos about food or soccer.

Have a Conversation Every Day

To get the best results, you need to study grammar and vocabulary, but you also need to practice speaking and listening. Try to have a conversation in the language every day, even for a few minutes. Spend time discussing your favorite topics, like your favorite hobbies or places to visit. Don't worry about mistakes; just try to have fun!


Over time, conversation will become easier. As you see how much you've improved, you'll want to speak even more!

Set Easy Daily Goals

Lastly, set daily learning goals. Big goals, like "become fluent in English," aren't very motivating. Instead, make small goals for yourself, like "listen to an audiobook in English for 30 minutes every day." By dividing your bigger goals into daily tasks, learning becomes easier – and more fun!

Is how hard you study more important than how you think about study?
Should you worry about making mistakes when having conversations in your second language?
Why should you divide big goals into daily tasks?
What tips would you give to someone who has just started learning a second language?
How often do you watch TV shows or read in English? Please explain your answer.
Do you enjoy learning about other cultures? Why? Why not?
Do you prefer studying grammar and vocabulary, or practicing listening and speaking? Why?
Have you set yourself any language learning goals? Please explain your answer.

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