Understanding what part the English language is going to play in your life is an essential beginning step for any new English student. It will allow you to set some clear and attainable goals, motivate yourself whilst hitting a rough patch or it will simply give you something to hope for during the long learning process.
A Simple Question Can Get You Started On Your Personal Right Path
To begin, all you have to do is answer a seemingly simple question: Why am I learning the English language?
While some people focus more on results and less on the driving force behind them, it is this simply answer that will help you set a clear set of goals and will, in the end make the entire learning journey more enjoyable and easier.
The reasons themselves don’t really matter. They can be as impressive or superficial as you want them to be. You may want to learn the English language on a whim, because you think it will help you improve your social life, for a better paying job, for a better looking CV or anything in between.
Whatever your reason may be, once you have clearly established it you can move on and settle your expectations. If the goal of learning English isn’t extremely important and can be considered as a way to spend your free time then you should set your goals accordingly. Think about how determined you are, how much time you are willing to commit to your English studies and how much are you actually going to use anything you learn.
If you’re not going to fully commit you shouldn’t set expectations too high or think you are going to be a fluent speaker anytime soon. Having low expectations isn’t a problem in itself and is certainly better than not meeting your expectations, whatever they may be. It’s better to be happy with every small step you take towards fluency than to ruminate on how slow you’re progressing and how much of a failure you may be.
Get Yourself Motivated When You Need That Extra Little Something
Knowing why you’re learning English and how it will affect your life is a key aspect when it comes to actually motivating yourself to learn. It is hard to get over a tougher lesson or a series of failed tests when you don’t even know what you are working for.
Any student will have a better experience and will be able to motivate himself/herself to work and progress when he/she knows what the end result will be. Knowing that you will be able to have a better travelling experience, or knowing that you can apply for a better job or scholarship can be powerful reminders that change the way you study for the better.
Finally, regardless of the reasons and the part English will play in your life, try to make the learning experience as pleasant as possible. There are a lot of ways learning a second language can be fun and there is an almost infinite amount of entertainment and new information out there to discover with the help of your new language. Enjoy your journey!