Motivation will make you fluent in English fast.
Taking up a foreign language is easy for many of us. The difficulty is in finding the motivation to persevere, and the power to ignore the negative thoughts that lead to failure.
Fortunately, motivation doesn’t just come naturally or not at all. There’s a lot you can do to boost it. Here are my nine tips:Motivation doesn’t just come naturally or not at all. There’s a lot you can do to boost it.Click To Tweet
Tip #1: learn some English every day.
Learn something, even if it’s just a few words.
With a mobile-friendly course, it’s easy to listen to some recordings, play a few audio flashcards, or do a drill, wherever you are. Knowing that you’ve got a bit closer to your goal is a great booster.
Remember: you don’t need to speak fluently to get by, so every word you learn really counts.
Tip #2: think of all the benefits of learning English.
Having a higher level of English will help you in your career, it’ll make travelling abroad a lot easier, it’ll save you plenty of time when surfing the Web, it’ll help you make new friends. And that’s only the start.
Tip #3: be kind to yourself.
Aim for short-term goals, like finishing one lesson per week. If you try hard but cannot achieve your goal, set yourself a more realistic one for the following week.
Tip #4: ignore naysayers and cynics.
There are negative people everywhere.
Their ugly comments can be a big blow to your motivation, especially if they come at the wrong time. Ignore those unwanted comments or, even better, take them as a challenge.
Tip #5: embrace the language difficulties.
Don’t let language difficulties overwhelm you. When you’re learning English, patience is a great ally. Things that don’t make sense today will be clear in a couple of weeks.
The more English you learn, the more everything will fit into place.
Tip #6: remember that motivation’s worst enemy is boredom.
To keep boredom at bay, have short learning sessions of no more than twenty minutes each.
If you have time, take a short break and then continue with a second session. But always stop before getting bored. That way you’ll look forward to tomorrow’s session.
Tip #7: slow progress is a huge demotivator.
To learn English fast, spot those “lost minutes” in your day when you could be learning some English.
Play your lessons while you wait in a queue or sit on a train. Make a habit of having your English course at hand, so you can learn hundreds of words in those “lost minutes”. That’s guaranteed to boost your motivation.
Tip #8: look back and celebrate.
Every so often, as you get on with your English course, browse the material you’ve covered to see how much progress you’ve made.
Have you noticed how many words you learned last week, and how much more grammar you know now? Have you seen how many things that seemed difficult only a month ago are now easy?
Finishing your English course is just a few lessons away.
Tip #9: reward yourself.
That’s a trick that never fails to boost motivation. The greatest reward I can think of is a visit to an English-speaking country. On the weeks leading up to your trip, you‘ll learn faster than ever before.
If travelling abroad isn’t something you can do, you may want to try my live English online classes. I’d love to see you there.
Every day that you persevere with English makes you more positive and motivated. It gives you that indescribable sense of achievement that comes with learning a foreign language.
When your motivation gets down, remember that the only thing preventing you from reaching your goal are your negative thoughts.
Think positive and you’ll become fluent in English fast.
Language is the inventory of human experience.
L. W. Lockhart