Are You Unmotivated With Language Learning?
Hey, I'm here to get you motivated because for some reason you've been unmotivated today, this week, etc.
Why did you stop?
Is that reason logical? Or is it just procrastination? Are you being lazy or lenient?
Why did you start in the first place?
Remember why you started. Sometimes it's really hard to realise this because of all of the other stuff happening in your life. The seed of a plant is necessary to its life. Your why is necessary to your journey.
It's okay to be stuck on this one thing.
If you're stuck on a skill or a word or a sentence structure, it's okay. You don't need to feel like you have to move forward. It took me a very long time to learn French Questions, and when I did, I was glad I took my time. Quality over quantity.
When was the last time you took a break? It could be as short as going for a walk or just leaving Duolingo for a couple of months. Your brain needs to breathe too.
Change the way you're learning.
If you're constantly on Duolingo and you're starting to get bored and unmotivated, try Tiny cards or Memrise. Write definitions on paper. Make things colourful. Write a story. Duolingo doesn't have to be the only thing you use or the only way you learn.
Change your approach.
You see a skill and suddenly it looks hard. You may be thinking, "crap, I'm never going to be able to do this." No, stop. Take a deep breath. You can do anything if you put your mind to it. And degrading yourself isn't going to help. Think:
- I'm going to get this eventually.
- It's new. Why am I judging something I haven't learnt yet?
- I can and I will.
Look at how far you've already come.
You've learnt more then what you already had when you started. Even if you're on the very first lesson of a brand new tree, that's 4 new words of many to come.
I've lost my streak!
Your streak does not define you nor does it define your language learning. You can simply start over. However, it is only a number.
As you can see from my streak, I've been at this for some time. For getting through those periods of lacking motivation, I instead made lessons a part of my daily routine. Without question, I do at least 1 lesson per day before getting out of bed or going to sleep. So when flashes of motivation come, I'm not faced with, "man I haven't practiced in weeks! Why bother?" Keep, at a minimum, a slow and steady pace. Then you'll be ready for flashes of motivation, and they come more often!