How do you keep yourself motivated for learning languages?
I guess since I have deeply rooted reasons for learning my target languages I don’t get that discouraged? For example, with Russian, I began to learn it by taking an intensive course where I spent about 8 hours or more a day with Russian work/classes. Most people were exhausted by Russian, but I was happy to be studying Russian since I have been in love with the language and dreamt of reading novels in the original (which I am now doing!!), changing my major to it. So dreams do come true…
Another thing is that I always try to include cultural aspects into language learning since culture is often tied to language. At my uni this was easier since my professors already included this in class and I could always go to an x club meeting, a discussion about x’s politics,literature or history, a student concert of certain music from x region, speak face-to-face with native speakers, etc. By doing this, one stops seeing X as just a “language I’d like to learn” and more as a tool of communication for X’s culture (idk if that is the right phrasing).
Again, this is just me and different people have their reasons. Could I suggest reading about the history of the country where X is spoken, finding music or movies in X language, reading English translation of important works in X language (or the originals if you want a challenge), try learning about customs of the countries where X is spoken, look up recipes from the country where X is spoken, learn proverbs from the language. These are all things that you could do whenever you feel discouraged and you will end up understanding the language a bit more (hopefully).