Learning a second language, in our case the English language, is an extensive and complex process which has the power to change the way you live your life. While it may also be a fun process which will open you to a huge amount of new information, ranging from culture to entertainment and news, it will also require serious amount of determination and motivation.
Regardless of your natural inclination for picking up new languages, your skill or the quality of your learning method, it is motivation that will take you from a beginner to a fluent speaker. This being said, some people might have a harder time finding the motivation they need to actually progress at a level they are comfortable with.
There are numerous ways you can get motivated and yet, few look at why people who started their learning journey filled with enthusiasm have hit an inescapable rough patch.
Feedback, Progress and Speed Determine Your Motivation
Motivation is not an endless spring that you just need to refresh every now and then in order to get running. It can run out and depending on how your learning process is going, it may run out faster or slower.
Constant positive feedback will help even the slowest student keep trying and striving for improvement. It is important that you plan your learning process in a way which allows you to appreciate every step you take in the right direction. If most people would only have negative feedback and see how other students progress at a faster level, then it is safe to assume that a good percentage of English students would eventually give up or just settle for a lower level of English knowledge.
The faster you learn the more confident and motivated you will be to continue learning. This doesn’t mean you should sacrifice the quality of your lessons all in the name of speed. Retention is a key aspect, however, when it comes to keeping motivation at high levels, the faster you blaze through lessons, the better. If you find yourself in need of “a win”, try learning something you’re really good at (like vocabulary or grammar). This will allow you to feel that you are making progress and might just get you motivated enough to retry the harder parts of learning English.
Think About Why You Are Learning English To Begin With
Some people never really took the time to motivate themselves or to understand how much of a positive effect learning a second language can have on their lives. Make sure you take some time and think about why you’re actually learning English to begin with. It may be that you want to improve you job situation, expand your knowledge, get a scholarship to a good university or move to another country. Whatever it may be, try to remember all the benefits that will come from your learning process whenever you hit a rough patch. So make sure you always keep your goals clear, stay positive and try to appreciate every small victory.