3rd time lucky... motivation needed
3rd attempt to learn Norwegian, coming back to Duolingo as it's the most fun resource I have discovered yet. I have been living in Norway for 5 months now, I have never learnt another language before (stereotypical Brit) I am just wondering how people stay focused & motivated when the need to learn is slightly more than the lust to learn. I am also living in Trondelag so dialect is just a whole other challenge :)
You can't force motivation, but luckily it's possible to borrow a little... from other things you're enthusiastic about:
If you enjoy baking, start following a baking blog in Norwegian, shop for your own ingredients, with a shopping list in Norwegian, and make it your mission to say at least a short line to the store clerk. Who knows, maybe it'll turn into three or four with time.
If you love music, start sourcing new music in Norwegian. Sing along, translate the lyrics, or just listen and enjoy. Go out and listen to live music, even if it's not in Norwegian; the smaller the venue, the bigger the chance of striking up random conversations.
If you like dancing, join a dance class with a Norwegian instructor. If you're brave, you can even join a class for some sort of partner dance without a partner - forcing you to interact with other dancers.
Passionate about coffee? Find yourself a nice table at a busy café, order your favourite coffee, and... eavesdrop on everyone around you. Naughty, yes, but you have my permission. ;)
Do you know anyone else who's also in the process of learning the language? Set yourselves challenges to either complete together or compete against each other in. Sharing an experience with someone else usually makes it more exciting, and it's also good to have a sparring partner who you know won't judge your beginner's mistakes too harshly. :)
P.S: If you happen to live in Trondheim, I'd recommend joining these Språkkafé events. They're really laid-back and social, plus... there's beer, or coffee if that's more to your liking.
Thanks for the detailed response :) Lots of good idea. Yes I heard about the language cafe events I will have to push myself to going to one!
If you live near Trondheim, come hang out with me this autumn! I'll be studying at NTNU.