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Lack of Motivation

Hello everybody! I am currently trying to become fluent in Spanish. I knew Spanish when I was little, but have lost my touch. I would love to be able to speak fluently with my family and friends again.

Unfortunately, I am suffering from a great lack of motivation! I keep it up for a week, then forget for a month. Anyone have some advice to keep me motivated?

Thank you

July 11, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/morel_lover

I think people blame themselves for low motivation when often it's that their tools are not that interesting. Personally, I primarily like to learn via stories, conversations, etc. rather than dry drills. It totally changes the learning experience.

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NotADissap

Thanks for the advice. I was thinking of watching Spanish tv shows to make it more interesting

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NotADissap

Thank you Jack this is A+ advice

September 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pollyperki

Go on with pioneers of level 25.

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kmpres
  • 1598

Yes your absolutely correct. You can't learn a new language without the proper motivation. Fortunately for me I have a burning desire to be able to speak to someone in Spanish as I can in English. You must find that desire to achieve your goal. Try to fall in love with someone who can't speak English, then strive to learn that language to communicate with them. That is what has given me the motivation and drive necessary to learn Spanish, and believe me it ain't possible without motivation. Unfortunately for me, after 2 years of studying everyday, 3 to 5 hours a day, I am still years away from my goal of fluency. But I am getting there slowly. Search for your motivation. I recommend watching the free TV series for Spanish learners called Destinos. http://www.learner.org/series/destinos/watch/ works best using Internet explorer, does not work for me using Chrome. ( make sure you switch on spanish subtitles at the bottom ) !!!!!

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/macombdag

Great, advice about needing the desire to become fluent in the language. Also great link with the Destinos i remember watching that in my Spanish class, anymore good links?

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kmpres
  • 1598

yes, I like and use this site a lot. https://lingvist.com I also have been using this daily, it is excellent, but pricey.. http://www.pimsleur.com/ so my daily routine is duolingo 1 or 2 hours, then Pimsleur 1 hour, Destinos 1 hour, and Lingvist 1 hour. It is effective and enjoyable, But I will tell you I have seen every one of the 54 episodes of Destionos at least a dozen times, It is a good thing I like the story.

July 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/macombdag

Just signed up for the lingvist and poked around did about 100 cards, nice forum over there too. thanks man

July 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pollyperki

Please,tell us in details your story of success in both english and spanish .

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kmpres
  • 1598

please see my response above....

July 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elaine868536

I have tried to access Destinos with no success . Tells me I am an unauthorised country. I am in England. I went through internet explorer. Suggestions??

July 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kmpres
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July 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NotADissap

Thanks for the advice, I'll check out that link as soon as I can

July 11, 2017

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    I would suggest committing to one Spanish exercise when you lay down before going to sleep and once again when you wake up. It will be over before it even interferes with your day. I suggest you also USE the language! Get on an app like HelloTalk and talk with Spanish speakers learning English. I find this sooo much more interesting than study... study... study... But then it helps provide motivation for studying by letting me know exactly where I need to improve, and I can study more effectively when I do! But the most important thing is that you should enjoy the voyage of learning, don't lament that you haven't reached your goal. Find what works best for YOU! ¬°Buena suerte!

    July 11, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zekecoma

    You don't need motivation. Motivation doesn't mean nothing. You need discipline.

    Motivation - 1) the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.
    Discipline - 1) train oneself to do something in a controlled and habitual way.

    http://www.wisdomination.com/screw-motivation-what-you-need-is-discipline/

    July 11, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kmpres
    • 1598

    Discipline is extremely important when learning a language, you can not skip days and expect to learn it fast. But if you have the proper motivation, then it becomes enjoyable, and less of a " JOB"

    July 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zekecoma

    You just need motivation to start the process, but discipline to continue it.

    July 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Midnightwards666

    I want to learn French for similar family reasons, and I'm not content with having only English. I know my purposes, therefore I am motivated... and for the same reason, I doubt I'll be able to learn any more languages due to lack of motivation or purposes or even wanting to.

    Most importantly, don't forget your purposes! Using the language is also far more fun than studying... do so whenever you get the chance. However, if your motivation is really lacking, not doing is also a possible option.

    July 11, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NotADissap

    I hear what you're saying. Looks like it's time to get over my fear of embarrassment and start talking to people in Spanish! thanks

    July 11, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/macombdag

    Well you got the motivation (speaking to friends and family). Your just struggling with keeping a daily routine with your spanish learning and practice. That is OK, use Duolingo streak meter to make sure that learn/practice everyday. Once you have a streak of about 20 days you wont want to lose it. That should keep you on track for not missing a day. Also add lots of other spanish media to enhance your learning.

    July 11, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kmpres
    • 1598

    good advice, the streak has helped me a lot to stay motivated!!!!!!!

    July 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nice_things

    If you are using the duolingo app on IOS or android, you can join clubs which have amazing support and motivation! They"ll help you get on duolingo daily and have some competitions as well to keep you going and learning. Hope it help!

    July 11, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NotADissap

    I'll give it a whirl! thanks

    July 11, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NeridaPeters

    You need to make language study part of your daily routine. I make the first half hour of my day study time. I drink coffee and do some kind of language study. This is the only time of the day when I can be sure that I will not be busy with something else. At first, it was difficult to get started, but after a couple of weeks, it soon became part of my daily routine, and I don't need to think about it. Some days I don't want to study, so I start and do a little study. Sometimes getting started is enough and I can continue. Sometimes I'm just not that interested and I do something easy and quick. As long as I keep language learning as part of my routine, I will continue even when I'm not motivated. Nobody is motivated 100% of the time.

    July 13, 2017
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