If someone were to ask me “How did you become fluent in English?”, I would simply answer “I started learning it one day and I never quit. I just kept going”. Persistence. That’s how it happened. I was persistent and I never gave up. I genuinely believe that motivation and persistence are the most important things when learning a language. Giving up is the only thing that will prevent you from speaking a language fluently or speaking a language at all. If you stick with the language and put in the hours, you’ll get there. Sometimes, though, life makes it hard to focus on language learning. You’re pumped at first and you’re going steady for a while, and then something gets in the way, be it university, work, family, you name it. I struggle with this problem all the … [Read more...] about How I created my ideal language learning routine with the Language Habit Toolkit
There are some Christmas traditions I never ever break. Putting up the Christmas tree on December 8. Not a day before, not a day after. Eating lentils on New Year’s Eve. It is said that lentils bring luck and prosperity if eaten on that day, so… you get the point. Stuffing my face with Italian Christmas delicacies. The sweet taste of Pandoro gets me every time. As soon as I smell that vanilla-scented powdered sugar, I feel like taking a slice. And another one. And then one more. Yum. But I digress. Traditions, as I was saying, are quite a big deal for me. That’s why I created my own language traditions to go with the holiday spirit. Who says you can’t keep your language skills sharp during Christmas? Let’s dive in! … [Read more...] about How to keep learning a language during the holidays
Is it the end of November already? Woah. Where does the time go?! During the past few months I struggled to keep the blog updated. I had lost my motivation, I couldn’t find the time, I thought I wasn’t making any progress… DOES IT SOUND FAMILIAR TO YOU? I bet it rings a bell to all language learners. That’s because the keys to succeed in blogging and language learning are pretty much the same. I realized how much maintaining a blog relates to language learning while I was trying – and failing - to do both. … [Read more...] about How Blogging and Language Learning Are Very Much Alike
Lack of motivation (or loss of it) causes most language learners to quit. It doesn’t matter if you’re clever, have a good memory, or amazing materials: you won’t be successful in becoming fluent if you quit. That’s why I stress about the importance of keeping track of your progress. You may do it through a language journal or something else. It’s essential, though, to have a clear vision of why are you learning a language and what are you doing to achieve this goal. Speaking of goals, learning a language is a pretty big one, isn’t it? It may be intimidating to look at it. It is also a pretty vague goal. Most polyglots suggest that it is better to break it down into achievable mini-goals. I agree with them and today I'm going to explain you why. “I'd like to learn Spanish one … [Read more...] about Are you SMART when it comes to language learning?
You may think it’s not that important to write your goals and your updates on a journal, but you’re wrong. I’ll tell you why. At first I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about a language journal. I thought it was cool to have one but not really necessary. You know what? I changed my mind as soon as I started one. My language journal is like my best friend. It’s always there for me. If I feel like quitting my project, it reminds me of why I started it in the first place by showing me my journey. It reminds me of my previous progress and my goals. Looking at every single page filled with my notes makes me feel proud and encourages me to go on. And we all know that going on is the key to success. It’s practical. I can carry it with me almost everywhere, so, in my … [Read more...] about Why it is important to keep a language journal