https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB

Don't Give Up; Be an Adaptable Learner!

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The Struggle of Progression, and Progression to Future Achievements


Goals! Isn't that most of what covers social media on the "positive" side right now? Oh, this celebrity's fitness routine is #goals...that man's volunteer work? Also "goals". Or maybe, for us language learners, someone like Timothy Doner could be called goalssss! What does it usually mean, when we say this? Well, it could be used as a compliment...or something like an admiration for the work of another individual. It could even be us, wishing that were something we could/would/should do, momentarily pining away for what we can't/won't have.

Maybe the next day, you decide that you too want to be "goals" for someone else. Well, IMHO, that's not really the way to do it. Your goals-ness should be for you, for your future...never try to prove something with your own goals. Eventually, that struggle for approval will poison your learning curve and make it a chore, not a passion.


It seems to me that the biggest issue when someone decides on a faraway goal is the struggle of progression in "normal" life. Unlike a celebrity, you probably don't have a trainer to keep you motivated to stay fit. That means you have to cheer yourself on. So, to me, the biggest part of motivating yourself to progression is learning to be your own cheerleader. Your progress the first day probably won't mirror the exact amount of progress you will make on a random day a month or two from now. You may hit a speed bump, or have a personal issue arise, or come across something that needs more work than you anticipated. In this case, you need to be able to adapt to the situation without feeling disappointed in yourself.

One of the biggest issues I see with language learners isn't grammar, it's so-called "demotivation." I've personally felt it, at times...but as the sign in my room says, speed bumps are not stop signs. Just because you slow down, it isn't a reflection on your intelligence, ability, or on anything personal. You need to allow yourself time, you need to allow yourself to embrace concepts that will push you further in the future, instead of frustrating yourself daily and complaining that you "can't" do it. There's a finesse and it's still something I'm working on with my learning curve.


Another issue, once you start down the hill towards your goals on your progression-train, is the steady progression to true achievement. That's what you want, isn't it? Well, it's downhill, but there are smaller hills as well on this journey. Sometimes you have to power yourself up to go down again, towards what you want. Use some of those cheers you learned in the first step, and you can make it! Whether that's rewarding yourself with a nice film in your target language or giving yourself a new workout playlist in that language...you'll know exactly what inspires you with a little experimentation. So, not only will you need to conquer the struggle to progress consistently, but also give yourself the wings to make that progression into true goals-getting. I think it's important to have long-term goals, but also "fallback," or short-time goals that you know are doable. This keeps you on the track of consistent progress without the pressure that can lead to demotivation and defeat.


A few important notes!

-Decide on goals for your own personal benefit

-Become your own cheerleader

-Learn to adapt to "speed bumps"

-Make "fallback" goals to keep yourself motivated

-Relax!


Now go, be "goals"! May you have every success and earn everything you wish for in your studies this year. Good luck!

1 month ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/KittyRose1395

Thank you!!!

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB
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Thank you for taking the time to read it :D

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LobstaJohnson

don't tell me what to do.

JK! :-)

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HorseCrazyGal

??:(??

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fred461402

I will say, i have found this to be true in many things. I recently celebrated a full year of not smoking. Its kinda hard going along expecting praise for not doing something i shouldnt. Now i keep telling other quitters that you have to really want it and not worry about what others think, thats how you got started right?

Now as i watch my DL streak and score go up, i realize i still cant talk to anyone in Spanish but that day is getting closer. And that will be its own reward.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB
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Fred, It is wonderful to hear that you went a full year without smoking! I commend you, as many have tried and...well, are still smokers.

Also, you have started on a good point...it is much better to find things that you do and reward yourself for them with other good things than to congratulate yourself on bad things which you don't do. Despite that, I will say that any positive progress is good progress, whether that is getting out of a hole or running a mile because you weren't there to begin with.

Good luck on Spanish...don't be afraid to come here for inspiration :)

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissSpells
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Lauriana you are my #languagelearning #inspiration #goals!

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB
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Aw, Silvia, you are always so supportive. Now come practice Spanish with me!! ;P

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dave611218

I'm so committed to maintaining my DL streak that it takes time away from other media (like podcasts and reading) that might benefit my medium term goals better. There was a recent user post a question whether it was ok for them to have a day off from DL - like asking permission - my initial response was "you do what you need to" but I also read some persuasive comments that encouraged the OP to maintain the streak and not dip away on a low day because it's your commitment to pull through on those days that keeps you going. In the dieting world there is a lot of evidence that the support network/encouragement/visibility of your goals that underpins the best results - I wouldn't maintain my DL just for other users on DL but I do have a very close friend on DL and we keep an eye on each others streak/XPs and have a bit of (mostly) healthy competition. This year I made a new year's resolution to set monthly goals (mini resolutions) throughout the year to do more and more evenly spaced. DL will be maintained but in areas of fitness and music I think monthly breaks will be more manageable and clearer to plan. Just my musings on this broad topic

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Myrrael
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A little louder for the people in the back!

Also. One might want to re-evaluate HOW one learns now and then.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Myrrael
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I think I actually read all of those! =D

Keep them up, please. Your posts really bring out and underline some details a lot of people seem to be missing. In my personal experience, people just keep trucking on in a manner not fitting them and thus making learning a lot more complicated than it has to be.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB
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Thank you so very much for your support!! It means a lot. Where are you from, may I ask?

By writing topics unlike the typical post on Duolingo, I hope to do just that. I hope I am filling a gap in helping someone decide on a personal learning style that brings the most fulfillment to them in their studies. It makes me happy that you have noticed!! :)

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Myrrael
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I'm from the Netherlands :) You?

Your posts are partially responsible for me flipping over, picking apart and reassembling my own manner of learning. I hadn't really given much thought to the how of learning due to not having done so for decades. I can honestly say I have much more fun now. Especially due to interacting with people both studying and native in my current target language. ♥ ( I really enjoy learning the hows and whys and endlessly nitpicking details. Which help me tremendously with understanding and thus absorbing a language. )

It's good to keep in mind one's mind and how it may change over not only one's lifetime time, but also one's course study time.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Myrrael
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I'm not a fan of the lessons on Duo, but the fora are incredible, in my opinion. The discussions, sharing of resources and tactics are just stunning. I honestly confess I only use my Duo tree as a general path to what I should be focussing on at which time. ....and then I go study something else because I want it NOW. And I think that works? In a way, I've both slowed down and picked up pace at the same time. The difference lies in the depth. And the fact I didn't give up. :)

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB
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I live in America (for now) with largely German heritage. :)

Yes, you're touching on a point I wanted to make in the Fluent in 2 Years or 10 post. People assume that just because a single method does not work that they are incapable. Really, it probably means they need variation, or the style of the program is not compatible with them. I'm not a huge huge fan of Duolingo, to be honest, but it helps to a point. However, I do better with other programs, even though I am thankful for it bringing me to a decent level in some languages.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB
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I'm very glad you've found something that brings you productivity...well, I pretty much only stay here for the forums! There are many good people. And, not giving up is more important than looking like a superhero. :)

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Myrrael
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Very true!

I wish you much luck ( and fun! ) with your studies. And will keep an eye out for more interesting articles by your hand. ♥

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB
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Thank you very much <3

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HorseCrazyGal

Thank-you! Good luck to you too!

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB
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Thank you for being here, HorseCrazyGal :)

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HorseCrazyGal

You did an amazing post! :) Very encouraging! :)

I love how you are so positive!:)

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Free-Quark

This is great advice Lauriana; thank you so much for this post!

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB
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Thank you for reading, Free-Quark. I am glad you enjoyed it. :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/elvper
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Maybe the next day, you decide that you too want to be "goals" for someone else. Well, IMHO, that's not really the way to do it. Your goals-ness should be for you, for your future...never try to prove something with your own goals. Eventually, that struggle for approval will poison your learning curve and make it a chore, not a passion.

Did you just describe the entire "education" system? :P

1 month ago

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    Thank you so much.

    1 month ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/01LearnFrench01

    Self-discipline allows one to put forth the necessary effort to practice daily for continuous improvement. Will-power is difficult to maintain. That is why it's important to schedule the behavior so that it becomes an automatic and part of a daily routine.

    Setting Smart Goals

    1 month ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB
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    You are so right! Have a lingot. Thank you :)

    1 month ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/straykids58729

    Thank you!!

    1 month ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Saved_by_Christ
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    Thank you LaurianaB for these tips. Thoroughly helpful and enjoyed reading this! Best regards/SbC

    1 month ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB
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    Thank you, Saved_by_Christ! I appreciate the support. Lately I have myself been a bit uninspired, and I always get good vibes and motivations from seeing the same in others...so I thought I could put something encouraging out there. :)

    1 month ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Saved_by_Christ
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    It is very encouraging to me that you keep on generating these great posts! Please, don't stop! :)

    1 month ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/LaurianaB
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    Thank you for being so nice. It seems today was a good day to write!

    1 month ago
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