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Is it okay to stop learning a language because you get bored?

jamesrpf
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Should you abandon a language because you're getting bored with it or stick it out and keep working on it? In my case, I wanted to start learning Arabic last year but I didn't because my school didn't offer it as an extra language. I chose German instead, since I was wanting to eventually learn that as well. However, recently I have decided to stop doing German as an extra language because of the work overload with other subjects and just focus on Italian. I was thinking that maybe I could pursue German on the side still when I have to the time, but I'm finding myself to be a little bored with it and I'm thinking of looking into Arabic instead. Should I give up German for the moment and start Arabic or should I just stick it out because I've already learned a fair bit this year? Advice please :/

3 years ago

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/lazouave
lazouave
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Do what seems best to you. If you're really really bored, stop learning German. No need to keep learning a language you don't like, your brain will not allow it ;)

However, maybe you should ask yourself why you're getting bored with German. You jumped from German, to Italian, to Arabic. Is it because the language does not interest you? Or is it because once you left the honeymoon phase when everything is interesting, you lost interest?

In my experience, at first a new language is great. You learn a lot, very fast, everything is fascinating. And then, you start encountering grammar difficulties, lexical differences from your native language, you learn more slowly, you feel like you're getting nowhere, and it gets frustrating. That's when you want to quit. And that's when you shouldn't.

Because sometimes you get bored but if you stick to the language just a bit and you try to find fun ways to practice it, the interest comes back :)

So ask yourself: why am I bored with German?

I tried the language for fun and I don't like it, the culture does not interest me -> drop it
I had a genuine interest in German but now that it's getting difficult I don't like it anymore / the way I'm learning it does not work for me / maybe the grass is greener elsewhere -> think about it ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza
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Choose Arabic. If you love the language and German is boring for you it is the better choice. Also you will never learn German if you don't like it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rocko2012
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If you are the kind of person that often abandons things then you absolutely need to stick with something to the end to strengthen yourself. It does not have to be German though.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FreedomWind

Hi Jamesrpf,
I quit Spanish early on because I did not have the motivation to pursue it. And, I am grateful I did so. Since then, I progressed more rapidly because I really want to learn German. I will most likely take on Spanish once I have achieved all my German goals.

Instead of taking a decision right away, may I suggest you postpone it for one week. If you still feel the same way, one week from now, it will still be time to quit. Have a great day,

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/anebz
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I get bored sometimes too when I make mistakes, or when I'm having a bad day. There are days when you just don't feel like learning a language, and that's perfectly okay. But whenever that happens, I ask myself: do I want to speak german someday? and the answer's alyways yes.

Learning languages is a hard and a long process, it takes years. If you're completely done with german and you really don't think you'll ever want to study it again, then drop it. But if you want to eventually speak it even if you don't feel like it right now, then don't drop it. If you keep practising, just a little bit once in a while, you can take it seriously later. But if you stop it completely, you'll have to start over again in the future.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shadow358

I guess that whether or not it's right for you to stop learning a language is purely your judgment. If it's something that you truly want to learn, then just push through it and your passion for learning the language will revive. Otherwise, you shouldn't continue learning it if it's not something you want to learn.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Raisinnoir
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I have never felt bored learning a language ( except Ancient Greek in college ) but I have felt frustrated every now and then with French and Spanish. But at those times I'd force myself to stick with it, my motto being "Never Quit!" As I progressed the languages seemed to come easier to me, and I'm glad I've stuck with them. Since you've asked for advice, I'd stay stick with the German until you feel you know the basics. I think you'll feel better about yourself if you do. I have a sign over my desk: "I didn't come this far to fail; whatever the obstacles I'll prevail". Good luck to you.

3 years ago