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  • In my experience,

  • the difference between people who are successful at learning languages and people who are not is this:

  • People who often give up approach learning languages with a couple of specific questions.

  • They often want to know:

  • How long exactly is this going to take me to do

  • and how much of my time am I going to have to give every day in order to be able to do this.

  • The reason why is because they don't really like learning languages.

  • They like speaking languages and they like the idea of the benefits of it,

  • but they're not necessarily enjoying the process of learning them.

  • In order to make your language-learning a lot more fun,

  • I think you should focus on the things that interest you the most.

  • If you want to learn the language to learn more about the culture,

  • then you should be watching films, you should be reading and enjoying those things that are available.

  • It's also important to reward yourself for the learning that you're doing,

  • so make sure that you give yourself a little treat

  • and maybe even plan a holiday or a trip to the country where they speak the language,

  • so you can actually see how much progress you've made since you started learning

  • and how far you could still come in a similar amount of time.

  • The other really important thing is to set realistic goals when thinking about learning a language.

  • That well may keep you much more motivated through the language-learning process

  • and make sure that you stick to the commitment that you make.

  • So, an example of an unrealistic goal is:

  • 'I want to be able to speak German fluently.'

  • That's very, very difficult to achieve and it's gonna take you a long time.

  • But an example of a realistic goal would be something like:

  • 'I would like to have a ten-minute conversation with a native speaker about something very simple and easy.'

  • Or, for example: 'I want to be able to watch the news and understand fifty per cent of it.'

  • That's something that is very clear and that you could work towards

  • in order to make sure that you keep seeing how much progress you make.

  • Share your language-learning tips and experiences by leaving a comment below,

  • and make sure you check out the other videos in this series.

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    Chamber posted on 2016/01/27
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