https://www.duolingo.com/darmstead25

not allowing yourself to become discouraged

As I begin to learn another language, supposedly one of the most difficult ones, such thoughts like "im kidding myself i cannot become fluent" or "this will be extremely" difficult naturally enter my mind. However what has always helped me is to remember my purpose for learning in the first place. As with anything, the more you do it, the more efficient at it you will become. Nothing is impossible but that does not mean it will not come without difficult. I have many things inspiring me to learn Russian. One of those is that it will be acquiring an excellent skill that will aid and help me go far in my desired career. And admittedly, as with spanish, I love the look people have on their face because I'm Black and can speak another langauge and they only can wonder how I learned lol

December 26, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

Language-learning is one of the few things where even doing it badly is still useful. This is something I always keep in mind.

December 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/darmstead25

are all those flag symbols the languages you are learning? and the way that i became better at spanish was not being afraid to say something incorrectly. I would get laughed at and then corrected which is what i wanted because i got to the information that i wanted. People also respected me for attempting to learn their language.

December 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

Yes; you do not need to create a new account to add another language. Just mouse-over the Russian flag in the top right of your browser and click 'Add a new course'.
And you are quite right: there is no way to learn a language other than to learn a bit of it badly at first, and gradually improve it by trial and error.

December 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SuzanneFau1

I had those thoughts too, the words were getting longer and looked much the same as each other. I just keep doing it day after day and find the each time there are one or two that I don't have to run the mouse over to check. Keep doing and keep being inspired by your progress so far. :)

December 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/NataliaSh.

And "keep doing it day after day" - the most difficult thing sometimes , isn't it ?

December 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jsiehler

One of the things that has always helped me out a bit, once I realized it, is remembering that I'm not perfect even in my own native language! When I'm speaking, I may fumble for words or get stuck constructing a sentence and have to back up, or mispronounce things; when I'm writing, there are still words I can never remember how to spell and occasionally I even find I have misconceptions about grammar. So, often, when I'm being depressed and overly critical of my performance in another language it's because I'm comparing it to an imaginary, impossibly-high standard that doesn't even exist! And really - any positive amount at all is way, way more than nothing.

My best tip: spend time speaking with young children. As long as you enjoy the company of kids, they make great, uncritical, and often ceaseless, conversation partners.

December 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Greentchr

I get a similar response... I'm a grey-haired gramma. "You speak Russian? Why?" is what I hear :) . I have a competitive streak, and I have found that using that 5 lingot wager (the double or nothing) is effective. I don't want to lose my lingots! I also set my expectations low, to one lesson per day, because it feels good to exceed it. Once I get started, it's easy to keep going. My suggestion is to get creative with your learning... Label things, talk Russian to your dog, watch Masha and the bear on you tube... Make a commitment to never miss a day without learning something, no mater how small. We can do this together!

December 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/doostrunk

Of couse you can do it, keep the flame burning. It's much better to learn a difficult language, because many failed. By achieving what others couldn't, you're proving yourself that you are capable of learning and memorising !

December 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/darmstead25

thanks i truly appreciate that i mean i do not like going after things that are easy for the fact that it is something everyone can do. Go after the things that others only dream of being able to do because they have yet to truly realize that effort is all it takes to achieve anything.

December 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RoseDG1

I always remind myself that, while it takes a long time to learn a language, the time will pass either way. Yes, it will take me years to be fluent in Russian -- but I could be x many years older and fluent in another language, not not...

December 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TatianaBoshenka

Defying expectations is really fun! I found that out as a female engineer. =D

I too struggle with motivation long-term. I love my languages (Spanish and Russian so far), yet I find myself forgetting to do any lessons for days at a time, sometimes. I usually do keep reading in Spanish no matter what, but I don't feel like I'm improving much, if at all. And Russian, which I don't know well enough to read anything in, is going backwards.

I decided today that if I'm going to do languages, I need to spend an hour a day minimum on it. So today I worked on re-golding my Spanish tree for one hour. That's worth it, right? One hour a day of work, and then however much time reading I feel like, for fun. I don't want to lose my Spanish while I study Russian.

And that's probably part of the problem for me. I am not good at focusing on many things at once. I kind of like doing one main thing, and then switching when I get bored. Maybe I should swap back and forth between only Russian and only Spanish, instead of trying to keep Spanish gold while attacking Russian at the same time? I don't know but I need to come up with some kind of strategy that works for me.

But we'll see how long the hour-a-day vow can last. I got over 300 xp today in an hour, and maybe I can make my goal in xp instead of time. Or give myself a cookie when I do my day's stint, or some other reward? Why did my motivation to work evaporate when I still love my languages? Can anyone share their strategies for keeping the fires inside going?

I did find out that I love Dostoyevsky even more in Russian than in English. His writing is soul-nourishing. Maybe that's the answer. I don't know. Good luck finding your own light to follow!

December 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/darmstead25

youre attitude will bring you much success because failure is always an integral part of success. It also allows you to find out your initial limitations. I say initial because limitations are not permanent. they only become permanent when we allow them to.

December 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/geneven

I'm also switching between Spanish and Russian. I try to keep my Spanish tree gold but put the minimum effort into Spanish right now. I mostly do Duolingo but Memrise and Rosetta Stone too. I am running into problems with datives and plurals. But ceaselessly pushing forward is fun.

January 2, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DougB123

Haha I love it. I am imagining I am you and someone gives me one of those kind of "looks" wondering how I learned and then I just look back at them like, "Well of course I speak different languages. Don't you? I thought everybody did."

Yeah, that Cyrillic alphabet is definitely different. I like your determination though and believe you are greater than the challenge before you because of it.

December 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty

That's it! The results will be superb if you continue thinking like this :)

December 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ChocolateWish14

Hi! That was a very inspiring speach. You get a lingot from me for that. ;)

December 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/darmstead25

thank you i truly appreciate that =)

December 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TimBilodeau

Stick with a language, even when you don't think you are making any progress. You have learned at least one language and you can learn more. You WILL learn that new language. It may take you longer than the next person but you will learn it if you stick with it.

December 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CamillaJones1

Are u like some physiologist or something?

December 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/darmstead25

no lol im just very passionate and fortunately well spoken. I take that as a compliment. =)

December 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RahulTiwar8

OMG! i am flattened with all the comments below. i just want to say that keep it up guys...... you guys really inspire me to never stop. it's wonderful to see #Garpike how he has got so many languages. @garpike hats off to you.

December 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/avrichard

I met a black taxi driver in Australia who spoke Russian once. He was Kenyan, but had studied in Moscow when much younger.

But yeah... I know a few Russians who are pretty shocked to hear a non-white person speaking Russian.

December 30, 2015
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