Losing Motivation

Hey guys! This is turkeysock.

I've been doing a lot of practice on Spanish lately, I speak to myself and friends in it, take classes, and use Duolingo.

Lately, though, I feel like I don't want to and am forcing myself to use Duolingo. I have a lot of things on my mind with school and all, plus basketball is coming up soon, so I've been losing time to actually use Duolingo.

I know that some of you guys have lost motivation before, and how can I make it come back? Thanks.

October 9, 2014


If you feel like your forcing yourself. Stop. Take a break. Being bored and stressed will not help you in the long run.

You ball? Ok I have something you might be interested in . . . Do you remember when Puerto Rico derrota al Dream Team USA 92-73 back in 2004? You can enjoy the (juego completo) on YouTube en español.

My point? You can take a break, learn new Basketball tricks, enjoy Basketball and still "study" Spanish. I just tryied to search "baloncesto consejos in YouTube. There's a lot of content covering skills, tips, and trick in YouTube en español. Some one uploaded some Michael Jordan free throw tips with Spanish subtitles. You know Kobe Bryant or Serge Ibaka would produce great basketball videos en español.

October 9, 2014

That's actually a great idea, vcel! Thank you for that idea! I'll be sure to do that.

October 9, 2014

I don't know if you play point but watch Carlos Arroyo's performance during the 2004 Athens game. It's sweet!

I learned many words (in context) enjoying boxeo

October 9, 2014

Sometimes a short break can be a good thing. Maybe you just need to re-think, re-set your priorities.

October 9, 2014

Good idea. I'll take that into mind.

October 9, 2014

Just take a break if you really like. If you're overworked you're just gonna burn yourself out. I've done that many a times with a new subject before I learned to just relax and take it easy.

Now I don't take breaks, but I also don't dive in with the burning work schedule of a thousand suns. I go for the rule of 1% and work on compounding my progress. You're not going anywhere, duo isn't going anywhere, the world's not gonna leave you behind if you don't learn Spanish by tomorrow so just take it a little at a time.

Seriously. You can hop on to duolingo, do a quick review in 5 minutes and be done with it if that's all the time you have. That'll keep your tree/lessons golden, it'll keep you on track without burning you out and it'll keep your streak going. Now, while it's not about streaks and XP but rather learning a language and reaping the benefits of such an endeavor, it IS quite demoralizing to restart your streak every time you skip out for a day or two. And it's rather frustrating to learn a bunch of stuff from blazing through 10 lessons only to burnout, stop for a week or two and then come back and realizing now you have to do all that stuff over because "wth does quedar mean again?? Quizá? I ... I don't even remember doing that word!"...

But there's no need to skip out because of burnout. Just promise yourself you'll stop by for at least one timed review practice and you're set. No burnout, just a quick stop.

Also, you obviously have a love for basketball so how about you take 5 minutes to add a couple of basketball related Spanish words to your anki decks? (If you're not using anki then just stop now and go d/l it). I bet that'd keep you motivated. You could mentally practice a little bit every day while you play B-ball. Think about it...

When you have to go to basketball(el baloncesto) practice (práctica) then, while you're practicing(practicando) your shots (tiros o lanzamientos)... maybe your free throws(tiros libres), you can practice your Spanish!

You can practice while your coach(el trenador) is making you do drills(ejercicios) on the court(cancha o pista), perhaps doing some passing drills(ejercicios de pasado) or working on your rebounds(los rebotes).

You can practice while playing(jugar(v) jugando) offense(el ataque) or defense(la defensa). Who knows, maybe if you practice some of the Spanish out loud you may catch the fancy of one of las animadoras ;)

Either way, there's plenty for you to do in order to recharge your motivation and stay on the path to learning a language. Just gotta think outside the box and keep plugging along. Remember though, motivation is fleeting, discipline is where it's at.


P.S. Here's a nice list of basketball vocab

October 9, 2014

Thanks for the tips. And also, thanks for the new basketball vocab! :D

October 9, 2014

Hm.. ask yourself, 'What are the reasons why I'm learning Spanish? Why do I feel like I'm forcing myself to do this?' Answer those questions. I might also suggest taking a short break. If you feel not motivated with Spanish in particular, I find it sometimes good when I find myself on a hard skill in French to switch to a different language, since Duolingo offers a few that you might just discover you would like to learn ;)

October 9, 2014

Been there! Dl started to feel more like a job than an enjoyable learning activity. My concentration was shot and I was just getting frustrated. So.....I stopped long enough for my completely finished Spanish tree to, well rot. It was a sad site to see. But, I got the ''itch'' again. So here I am again working to bring my tree back to its golden beauty! And....I'm really enjoying it again. I was very surprised, more like shocked, at how much I had forgotten. The second time thru everything is making a lot more sense because I know the big picture. It's pretty much like learning any subject. You forge ahead, not really being able to visualize how it will all fit together. When you go back, the stuff you struggled with now seems so easy because more of the puzzle pieces are in place.

Take some time off. Let some wilting occur. One day you'll realize you kind of miss the owl and the DL community and off you'll be wondering why you thought it was so hard. You just need a break to let what you've learned settle in (or out).

October 9, 2014

Do any of your friends use Duolingo? If so then competing with them is great motivation, if not then convince them to get it.

October 9, 2014

None of them use it, expect for a few, who use it rarely.

October 9, 2014

If you work your hardest now, just think about the future! You could be fluent in Spanish! Imagine how great that would be!! It's what is keeping me motivated! :D Buena suerte!

October 9, 2014

As vcel10 said about the basketball ,if you search for other areas you are interested ,music,films etc and find Spanish language resources that cover them ,it's a great way of consolidating what you've learned already. Additionally if you've got a spare half hour research a Spanish speaking country,region,city in the immersion section and pick up points while you're doing it. You could also find basketball articles and biographies in there or on the net in general.

good luck

October 9, 2014
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