https://www.duolingo.com/Suzy.Kolb

How do you stay motivated to learn languages?

I'm finding it quite difficult to stay motivated. I want to learn languages but I just can't find the motivation sometimes. Any tips would be highly appreciated.

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/deguo

You're bound to run out of motivation at times. The hard part of learning a language is what to do when that happens, and the answer is discipline. Even if you don't want to, make yourself sit down for five minutes and learn. It's much easier said than done, but it's the only way to make progress.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/r0ventura
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Great advise!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

Keep reminding yourself why you want to learn a language. The best motivation comes from within. Just about everyone says they would like to know a language, but few actually want to LEARN a language. If language learning is a priority and you put enough time in every day actually see progress, the habit will stick. But you must carve out a significant amount of time per day, and nut just dabble for a few minutes if you want to see progress.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Osnakezz
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Just don't force it upon you. Learn when you feel the need to, see the streak as a motivation but not as a pressure. Learn as much as you want. I've found doing 3 exercises (in total of anything) the one day and the next one 4 to be very relaxing.

Listen to French songs, watch French TV (france24 is a nice channel) - even if you don't understand it, it motivates you.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FreedomWind

Ask yourself why you want to learn French (by the way, it's my native language). The answer to that question will determine what you are willing to do to achieve your goal. I wanted to be proficient in English. I completed my University Translation Certificate (French -English) last May. I am very motivated in learning German. I do the lessons with pleasure. I find Spanish more challenging. I am not progressing as quickly and I find it harder. By the way, the minute I wake up, I do 20 to 30 minutes of Duolingo lessons. I never ask myself whether I want to do it or not... I simply do it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/r0ventura
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Spanish is my native language and I find French very challenging, if you are interested we can exchange languages, if you write me a message on y stream, we can find out a way to do so!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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I find music very helpful for this dilemma. Spanish 4 in high school is really boring and at times confusing, but when I listen to Latino rock music I remind myself of the worth and beauty of the language itself and my motivation increases. It also helps to have inspiration driven by cultural interest or maybe simply wanting to be fluent in another language. Just remember that whatever you use to find motivation, it has to be because you find it inspiring.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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Honestly I've never had to seek motivation for languages. I'm just wired to enjoy languages and now that there are so many resources online and in apps its easier to find different options. So if I'm not in the mood for duo I do more memrise or I watch a movie or listen to a language podcast or use whatever other resources are out there.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/veyseldoganme

I tried to learn German for a long time and felt lack of motivation many times. I was learning it because it would be the best language to learn besides english for my profession(engineering). Then I have finally withdrawn it.

I'm learning italian for a long time now, and I don't even need a thing so called "motivation". I enjoy learning it and I feel I'm understanding. I'm now in B1 level.

I think motivation exists, but I don't think you can do much things to gain it. You could think about the language you learn. It might not be "the" language for you.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
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The key is why are you learning French. If it is only for your classes, it is a valid answer, you want to get a good grade. Find activities you like such as music, movies, sports, videos etc in the language you are learning. It is OK to take a break or pick another language. Also do not expect perfection. take it as a fun game, you are learning you are going to make mistakes and it's going to take time.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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https://www.duolingo.com/roula-13
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I have the same problem. I found some ways.

  1. Duolingo daily strike and tree.
  2. Reading the books I want in german (I don't need motivation to read books- I'm bookworm)
  3. Watching TV-series in german with german subtitles (either on ZDF or Netflix)
  4. Even in facebook when I play criminal case, I change the language settings.

In general, I try to do everything in german. If I liked listening to music, I'd listen german songs.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bahman_darkbyte

May i ask what German TV-shows do you watch? I find it quite useful to watch tv-series in the language you want to learn but most tv series i want to watch are in English.Would love to find out about some good shows in german thanks in advance :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/roula-13
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Der Staatsanwalt https://www.zdf.de/serien/der-staatsanwalt/gegenwind-100.htm Soko Wismar (Soko Munchen etc)

Herzensbrecher https://www.zdf.de/serien/herzensbrecher/alle-gegen-einen-100.html

If you have Netflix you can watch "Orange is the new black", "weeds", "House of cards" and many other in german audio AND german subtitles. My favorite is Gilmore Girls. If you don't have Netflix, just try it (the first month is free), change the main settings in German and then there is an option for many many series and movies to be german audio and subtitles as well.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bahman_darkbyte

thanks. I'll check them out.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/r0ventura
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The way to motivate yourself depends a lot on the way you are, because for example reminders work for some people but for some others they are just useless pressure. The root of the worth "motivation" is the worth "motive", so as many other comments suggest you may make a list of the motives you have to learn French and to keep reminding them to you constantly, for example to look yourself in the mirror in the mornings and say "I love to learn French because...(and the first thing in your list", then do the same with each thing in the list. Also I have fount that a root of frustration is which expectations you have, for example If you thought that by now you would be able to move to France and understand and be understood by everybody, it's totally normal that you lose motivation if you think you are far from that dream, so another good thing is to analyze your expectations and try to make them more real. For example I have been learning for a year now and I understand a lot, but I am just able to say small phrases,but I keep reminding me that if I do the lessons constantly, the day will come that I'll be able to think naturally in French whatever I want. Is like trusting in the process.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fractal_shadow
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Everyone's motivation sometimes runs out. Honestly I think trying to reach difficult goals purely by motivation is a lost cause [at least for me]. What helps me is habit and discipline. Every morning I get up, brush my teeth, then sit down and study. Every night I sit up in bed and review for a few minutes. I've established this as a habit, so not doing it just feels...wrong.

Beyond that, when I'm feeling burned out, listening to music in my target language is very helpful. In a way, you are still learning just by listening.

Remind yourself of why you are learning. It's okay if you don't want to become fluent - it's okay to just enjoy learning a few phrases or a handful of nouns. Just be honest with yourself and don't force yourself to do something because you feel you have to.

If you are feeling bored with the tools you are using now, switch it up and try different books, apps, websites. Even better is meeting with people to practice [easier said than done].

Keep track of your progress by starting a blog or a journal. This is a huge inspiration for me. It's easy to lose sight of just how much you have already learned and feel like you are not making any progress [especially at the intermediate stage of language learning].

I also like surrounding myself with stories of people who have accomplished similar goals. It makes me jealous, but that just inspires me to work hard.

Don't forget that it is okay to take a break.

1 year ago
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