https://www.duolingo.com/Mad_Catter

What Motivates You? Help me do this.

hi im having trouble getting motivated to learn spanish and need some pep talk and ideas to get motivated sot ell me what motivates you and i will give you lingots. i love spanish but am just stuck in a slump please help me get out of it! why do you love duolingo? upvote please

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord

My motivation for Japanese seems to stem from three things:

  1. I really want to travel to and maybe even live in Japan one day.

  2. I really want to gain a better understanding of Japanese culture.

  3. I watch a lot of Japanese TV and there are plenty of shows that I absolutely love. It's actually a great motivator because I want to be able to watch it without subtitles one day, and it feels really cool when I can recognize a word, grammatical structure, or even a whole sentence.

The third thing is probably easiest for you to replicate. Try to find a good show or movie in Spanish. Good luck!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mad_Catter

ive always wanted to learn japanese so i could read and watch traditional manga and anime

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord

That's a pretty common reason to want to learn Japanese (not saying it's a bad reason. Pretty much any reason to learn a language is a good one to me). For me, however, it happened in the reverse: I wanted to watch anime because I was learning Japanese. I thought it would be a nice way to practice and get some exposure to the culture.

Not exactly sure by what you mean by "traditional," though.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mad_Catter

traditional as in the ones that are not realeased in the U.S. and are in japanese not translated to english

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheAwesomeClair

Mainly what motivates ME is it helps me keep up in my Spanish class and because it'll give me a foreign language credit for college. If YOU need motivation, I'd ask yourself, why are you taking Spanish in the first place? What makes you want to learn Spanish? Once you identify that you can fairly easily find a way to keep yourself motivated. Also, if you simply need motivation to get through a lesson, you can try things like rewarding yourself for a certain amount of time you work, etc. Hope this helps!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mad_Catter

that really helps... thanks!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/serieultimo
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I want to travel all over South America and the Caribbean Islands. I also enjoy Latin American music. I also don't think I want to live in the US forever. Argentina or Colombia are looking good to me.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mad_Catter

thats really cool have u traveled yet?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KenBookmye

Try seeing if any of your favorite TV shows are available in Spanish then only watch them in Spanish. It will give you incentive to get past the boring parts of grammar

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elvper
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  • A good balance between repetition and new content. Too little repetition = demotivating because you'll have a low retention rate. Too little new content = you'll get "stuck" and get demotivated that way.

  • Dynamic goals: not "50 xp a day" but rather for example "350 xp a week" (with a daily goal set to 1 or 10 xp - or whatever you want use as daily minimum). This difference is that with a weekly goal you can just do 1 exercise (10xp) on days where you have little time or don't feel like doing much. Forcing yourself to exercise too much when you don't want to or have little time will be demotivating (not even to mention that your retention rate will be low anyway whenever you're not motivated. On any other day after having gained your normal daily goal ask yourself "am I still motivated and do I still have time?" If the answer is yes: continue, some some extra exercises. The surplus should compensate for days where you do less.

In general, beyond the points I've made, it's a great idea to review your learning method when you lose motivation. As the main thing people ignore / don't think about when they're losing motivation is their learning method. While a bad learning method or a learning method that doesn't fit your personal needs, is probably one of the biggest, if not thé biggest of, demotivators.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TomyFrancoJR

the Spanish is easy to learn only is question of be repeating classes :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/knudvaneeden
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Just stop a while, then restart.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mad_Catter

but i already have stopped and now im trying to start up again

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/knudvaneeden
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Well then e.g. keep waiting until the need to start learning reappears (suddenly). When that will happen is probably in general unpredictable. So be patient for a while. Maybe some random triggers (e.g. listening to some Spanish music, watching something on television regarding Spanish, need to speak it in a Spanish speaking country, Spanish speaking friends contact, ...) occur which might speed up that.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mad_Catter

i dont know.....

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JackMartian

What motivates me for learning French are a couple reasons. I do want to travel to France some time. It would be much more fun to actually communicate the language than to go there and not be able to talk in their language. Also, it feels good to be able to work towards a goal and have to thrive to get the there, so when I do reach it, I can look back on all my work, pat myself on the head, and say, I earned this. As well as those reasons, I wanted to learn French because I wanted to stand out from some of my friends and say, I can speak in another language. I know that isn't a whole good reason, but you asked what motivated US, so that's what motivates me. last but not least, If I ever-and have considered it-become a catholic institute priest, than I will need to know the language anyways. Better start sooner than later. I hope this helps. And if not, I hope you find the inspiration you are looking for.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Joel.Butler

JUST DO IT MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mad_Catter

thanks

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/El_Gusano
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My first second language was in fact Spanish. My motivation likely was different than yours for learning since I am part Hispanic. I felt incomplete not being able to speak Spanish so my motivation was super high. Since then I have really enjoyed speaking with native Spanish speakers and find speaking works better than studying after a certain point, so it's definitely worth the effort it takes to learn. I am also learning Italian and French and I attend groups in person for these languages. I find learning them to be fun and I hope to save up to visit Europe and it would be great to do so being fluent in at least two languages and conversational in two others. So looking forward to meeting some friends I have made through conversationexchange.com or HelloTalk and that keeps me motivated.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kayisrael

What you can do is try to keep your steak up.

1 year ago
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