Without motivation, learning a language is no easy [tooltip title=”Challenge / task”]feat[/tooltip]. It can change you in so many ways if you let it. It can show you life from another perspective, it can make you less judgemental, more analytical, the list goes on.
Physically, your mouth changes its habits to accommodate for new sounds and ways of speaking. As a result, you begin to understand others a lot more.
There is no way of knowing how difficult you will find it until you try.
I can guarantee you one thing though. No question your teacher asks will ever be as difficult as, ‘why am I doing this?’ if or when you begin to lose momentum and motivation, and you can’t remember the answer.
The moral of the story? The decision to learn a language properly shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially if you are paying a lot for it.
Here are the two main types of motivation, and also 10 important questions to ask yourself, along with some recommendations. Take a look and decide where you stand.
This is when you have the [tooltip title=”Motivation.”]get-go[/tooltip] and motivation to do it yourself. Perhaps you want to practise for your holiday or you want to move abroad and talk to the locals.
This is when you are required to do it. This could be for work or school, for example.
It’s never black or white, one or the other. Every person will fall on a spectrum between the two. How about you?
B) your boss’
C) a family member’s
A) for work / a promotion
B) to communicate with friends/locals
C) for official visa reasons
D) no reason, it’s just for fun
A) one year or less
B) 2-5 years
C) 5-10 years
D) for the rest of my life
A) just the basics (CEFR A1-A2)
B) enough to work/live in the country comfortably (CEFR B1)
C) I want to be at upper-intermediate / advanced level (CEFR B2-C1)
D) higher than advanced (proficient) (CEFR C2)
A) just to do the homework my teacher gives me
B) I already use my new language a lot in my day-to-day life
C) just whenever I happen to need it
D) whenever I am required to
D) gathering and organising ideas (planning)
A) not being understood
B) being interrupted before you finish talking
C) you may offend someone
A) yes, but it would be weird because we always talk in my language
B) yes, that’s no problem
C) yes, but only for a few hours per week
A) a few lessons
B) a few months (max 12)
C) maybe up to three years
d) I’m in it for life
Even though there are no right or wrong answers here, you should begin to see a pattern. Do you have the right motivation? If not, what can you do to get this motivation? Once you have a clear goal in mind, you’re set.
A teacher can learn a lot about a student just from asking these questions. As a result, they can often adapt their style and lessons to optimise your learning and progress. but they need to have something to work with.
Here at SpeechRevision, as long as you know where you’re going, we can help you get there. With this in mind, we will adapt your feedback to meet your individual needs.
Don’t forget to take a look at our motivational videos, here.