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How to stay motivated when learning a new language

Story added 28th Jun 2017

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Here at City Lit, we offer courses in over 27 different languages to suit all ability levels. We passionately believe learning a new language offers up a multitude of benefits, from improving your employment prospects, to opening up opportunities to make new friends and discover exciting new cultures, right through to keeping the brain mentally agile throughout your life.

However, we’re also aware that not everyone finds the process of learning a new language easy. Inevitably, life can sometimes get in the way during those first few weeks wrestling with the basics of an unfamiliar language, making it harder to stay motivated.

Here are our 3 top tips to help you persevere and make the most of learning a new language, so you can take full advantage of the benefits of bilingualism:

Don’t put yourself under undue pressure

Remember learning a new language is like running a marathon – at the outset the prospect might seem incredibly daunting, but with patience, intelligent planning, and hard work, by the end of the process you might wonder what you were originally worried about. During the first few weeks of learning a new language, it’s more than likely you will face some hurdles that may seem like a roadblock to progress. Set yourself small, achievable learning goals between class and this will help nip any frustrations in the bud.

Don’t worry about making mistakes

Always keep in mind that you are at the very start of the learning process. This means you won’t be the only person in the class feeling worried about not understanding certain words, grammar rules, or even speaking out loud in an unfamiliar language. It’s only natural to feel a little anxious at the outset about tripping up over words, grammar or pronunciation, but the more you persevere, the easier everything will become. Never lose track of the fact that every mistake is simply one step closer towards achieving your ultimate goal. Our helpful staff will also be on hand to help build up your confidence throughout your course.

Use every opportunity to learn outside of class

Find it tricky to stay motivated when learning outside of class? Try mixing things up a little to help you refocus. Don’t worry about taking the occasional break from an exercise book or audio guide. Try listening to songs, watching a film, absorbing local radio or sport broadcasts, or reading online newspaper websites in the language you are studying. Even if you don’t pick up on everything during your first few attempts, you’ll be surprised how quickly you will start to grasp new words and expressions simply by mixing things up a little outside of class.

Last but not least, enjoy the journey!

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