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How To Stay Motivated Learning A Language


Motivation is an important element of the language learning process. In this busy world it’s hard to keep a consistent level of excitement in learning a new language. Certain parts of every language can be a stumbling block, If you feel like giving up, it doesn’t mean that it’s time to quit. It might just mean that it’s time to take a closer look at what motivates you.  
I will try and give you some tips on how to stay motivated when learning a foreign language. Hope you’ll find them useful!

  • Remember why you started.
    What made you start learning in the first place? Friendship? Love? Family? Self-improvement? Travel? Work? The reasons for learning a language are varied and often personal. Remember your reason. Use it to motivate you to keep going, keep learning and keep improving. 
  • Be clear about your goals.
    Defining your language learning goals is another important element of staying motivated and focused on whatever it is you’re trying to achieve. What does success look like for you? Try to visualize it. Write it down and come back to it regularly to keep the mental image of success fresh in your head. Every time your motivation decreases slightly, remind yourself of what achieving your goals looks and feels like. 
  • Don’t aim for mastery. 
    They say that the perfect is the enemy of the good. This is doubly true when it comes to language learning. The language learner who progresses the most is usually the one who takes the most risks, makes the most mistakes, fails the most often - but doesn’t give up. Communicating is messy, creative work, and you’ll hold yourself back if you strive for perfection. There’s no need to drill yourself until you’re exhausted. Do your best and move on. Give yourself permission to be “good enough”. 
  • Talk to people. 
    While it can be scary talking to people in a foreign language, it can also be exhilarating to put what you’ve learned into practice! Languages exist because humans are driven to communicate. What better way to apply what you’re learning than by talking to an actual human being? No matter your level, you’ll progress more quickly - and be more motivated to keep learning - if you find a patient conversation partner, either in person or online. You’ll find that most native speakers are thrilled to speak their language with you. 
  • Don’t compare yourself to other people.
    Instead of comparing yourself to other language learners, compare your current level to your level in the past, for example last month or last year. That way, you will be able to see the extent of progress you’ve made and boost your motivation. Always comparing yourself to other people can have the opposite effect.
  • Make language learning part of your routine.
    You don’t want learning a language to become a chore. There’s nothing less motivating than learning something just because you feel you have to. The key is to transform your thinking about learning so that you don’t see it as an addition to your day but as an intrinsic part of your day. There are various things that you can do to help make language learning part of your routine:
  1. Read for 20 minutes on the train/bus to school or work.
  2. Listen to a podcast or anything in your target language for 5-10 minutes you are walking.
  3. Work in your textbook when you find yourself free at random times of the day
  4. Write a page in you notebook just before going to bed.
  5. Chat with a family member or a friend (it better be a native speaker) in your target language whenever you get the chance to do so.
  • Don’t Give Up.
    There is a Japanese proverb which neatly reflects another major component of language-learning success “Fall down seven times, get up eight”.
    The proverb reminds us to have a holistic and realistic view of the learning process.
    see this Learning language and time management .

Always remember that without a real desire to learn, you’re going to be fighting an uphill battle. 

Arabic Vocabulary #5 Occupations

  • Doctor  طبيب
  • Surgeon  جراح
  • Dentist  طبيب أسنان
  • Oculist  طبيب عيون
  • Engineer  مھندس
  • Lawyer محام
  • Judge  قاضي
  • Merchant تاجر
  • Journalist صحفي
  • Editor محرر جريدة
  • Publisher ناشر
  • Author  مؤلف
  • Poet شاعر
  • Photographer مصور
  • Interpreter مترجم
  • Translator مترجم
  • Writer كاتب
  • Accountant محاسب
  • Singer مغني
  • Actor ممثل
  • Actress ممثلة
  • Goldsmith  صائغ
  • Watchmaker  ساعاتي
  • Blacksmith حداد
  • Carpenter نجار
  • Shoe-maker صانع أحذية
  • Driver سائق
  • Tailor خياط
  • Dressmaker خياطة
  • Dyer صباغ
  • Barber حلاق
  • Hair – dresser حلاق
  • Baker خباز
  • Butcher جزار 
  • Teacher - معلم
How I practice my Korean pronunciation

A lot of people asked me how I practice my Korean pronunciation and a lot of you guys wanted to hear how I speak. 

1 - Practice with a native speaker

1. Italki is a really helpful website. You can find a personal teacher for an affordable price and if you don’t want to pay, you can find a language partner or language partners willing to teach their language. All you have to do is teach your own in exchange.

2. Hellotalk is basically the same thing as Italki but it’s an app available on ios and android. You can find native speakers living near you or in Korea willing to help you learn Korean. Of course, my tumblr is about learning Korean but with both italki and hellotalk you can learn other languages as well.

2 - Read out loud 

You can easily find short Korean stories or even articles on the net. Read the text out loud and I suggest doing this at least 1-2 times a week. I haven’t personally tried it myself, but I heard that speaking with a pencil between your teeth helps! I’m not sure though~ 

3 - Sing in Korean! 

This is what I like the most and I’m pretty sure a lot of you already do it! I noticed that it does help! When I first started learning Korean, I recorded myself singing and if I compare my pronunciation then and now, it’s way better! 

A lot of people wanted to hear my pronunciation. I don’t really do videos or anything of that sort, but what I do is post covers on my YouTube channel/Soundcloud. I didn’t want to post it here, because this is not the purpose of this blog but since a lot of you asked to hear my pronunciation, I guess this is the only way. 

Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/JessaOfficial

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jessa-official

Hope it helped! 

Way-to-fluency

anonymous asked:

How do you get good conversation practice? I'm not sure how to find people who speak my target language (french). This might be a stupid question since french is pretty widely spoken

I’m at a university, so I may have it easier than some in this regard. However, there are a LOOOT of great web resources for this. The app Hellotalk is pretty widely known for connecting people to talk via text, and for oral practice, there are sites like italki (ok I might be biased bc I teach english there) where you can hire professional teachers/tutors to practice with/get corrections from, or you can also use the site to find other learners to practice with, with the understood stipulation that you’d probably have to help them learn your language (English, I assume?). 

anonymous asked:

Recommendations for learning languages? Is Duolingo good or no?

Italki is very good and so is pimsleur, but both cost money. For free services I can’t really help– those services helped the most for me for Finnish and German and if I stuck with them I’d be much better at the languages now but whatever. Everyone learns differently

As for duolingo, you have to realize that it is a game. It will give you a foothold in a language and maybe progress you to B1/B2 but you’ll be limited in lexicon and practical speech (aka how not to talk like a babuška), and it does fuckall in explaining declensions and conjugations, expecting you to pick up on them naturally.. which is not conducive to efficiency of language learning. It’s just fun and good practice and once you identify it as just that, there’s no problem in it.

Tldr: it’s a simple game that’s a good study tool that just so happens to be free, there’s no reason to justify using it, have fun, just know that you need other resources if you expect to speak the language to your definition of fluency.

SPANISH/HEBREW/ARABIC/ TURKISH/ITALIAN WORDS OF THE DAY

Spanish:

  • Exam - examen
  • Newspaper - periódico/diario
  • Question - Pregunta

Arabic:

  • Exam - إمتحان
  • Newspaper- جريدة
  • Question- سؤال

Hebrew:

  • Exam - בְּחִינָה
  • Newspaper- עִתוֹן
  • Question - שְׁאֵלָה

Turkish:

  • Exam - sınav
  • Newspaper- gazete
  • Question- Soru

Italian:

  • Exam - esame
  • Newspaper- giornale
  • Question- Domanda

~ Please correct me if you see any mistakes above :)
~ if you want me to start adding another language to these please tell me.