Simply put: language learning should be fun. If it’s not fun 80% of the time, you’re doing it wrong.
If you’re wondering why it is so important to enjoy your language learning process, read this article very carefully.
Language learning is a journey, not a destination.
This quote basically sums up everything. Would you go on a vacation knowing the journey would be horrible and boring as hell? Probably not.
That’s the way you should approach the language learning experience. Sure, there will be ups and downs on the road. You’ll find some hurdles along the way. But, overall, it has to be an exciting and incredible journey.
A journey you’re impatient to start. A journey you don’t even want to end. Because languages are always evolving and there’s always more to learn.
On the internet there are tons of language software, courses, guides and so on. They promise to teach you “everything you need to know.”
However, these methods, although effective, may not work for everyone. When a person learns a foreign language, the main thing to have in mind is to establish a learning method that works for them.
When it comes to language learning, consistency is key.
So, you have to find a way to be constant and you can only do that if your language learning’s activities are engaging and stimulating. Plus, it’s easier to remember through experiences, stories or funny things that happened to you.
Do you hate grammar drills and textbooks? That’s fine. Just choose something else. Something you will look forward to do every day.
Liking what you do is essential, because you won’t become fluent overnight. Fluency takes months and years of practice.
So, ask yourself this question: “Am I having a killer time learning my target language?”
If the answer is no, then maybe it’s time to try something different. Step back and see which aspects of your approach can be improved.
Find your own path, designed specifically for your needs, goals and preferences.