2. Treat language learning like a job
A survey by Forbes magazine last year claimed that the ‘majority of employees are dissatisfied’ with their jobs. Most of us work because we have to, not because we want to. We work because we get paid, and when we get paid, we can do things with the money that make us happy. It’s great to enjoy your job, and many people do; but it’s also important to remember why you do it, especially if you don’t enjoy it.
The same can be said of language learning. Try to focus on why you’re doing it. Perhaps learning a language will help you at work. Perhaps you want to live in a different country one day. Perhaps you have English-speaking friends that you want to communicate better with. As we mentioned in our previous post on motivation, learning a language can be a tool that helps you achieve other goals in life. The important thing is to make sure that the objectives of your language learning really match your goals. So if you want to speak better English for work, so that you can get a promotion or a different job, then focus on Business English. If you want to be able to communicate with English-speaking friends more confidently, then think about a speaking skills course. Start with the ‘Why’ and then focus on the ‘What’ and ‘How’.
3. Treat language learning like a leisure activity
Learning a language is about more than just grammar and vocabulary. It can be a chance to learn about the history and culture of other places. It’s an opportunity to widen your horizons and find out more about the world. So try to think of all of the extra benefits that learning a language can give you: the same benefits as reading a great novel, seeing an interesting film or play, or going to a museum or art gallery. If you start treating your language lessons as a fun activity, then — who knows? — it might just start being one.
So those are three tips from us. If you have any tips to share, it would be great to hear them.