10 Motivational Quotes for Language Learners 

Language learning is hard, hey if it was easy everyone would be doing it! Unfortunately learning a language does not happen overnight. It can take months and even years of hard work and dedication. Somewhere down the road, we can all become a little unmotivated.

Here are some carefully selected motivational quotes that can help inspire you again.

1. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”

 Lao Tzu  

You want to learn a language, just start! That first step can be the hardest, but also one of the most exciting.

2. “We are judged by our actions, not our thoughts“. 

So you think you can not learn a language or others are telling you this? If you keep saying this to yourself or listening to this you may come to believe it. So crack on with your learning and surprise yourself and others with the results you make. You are awesome and you can do this!

3. “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished”

 Lao Tzu

Make a study plan and take it slow. Don’t spend 5 hours straight trying to learn as many words as possible. Spend a short period of time learning 3-5 and reviewing them before you move on. I studied sign language for about 30 – 45 minutes per day for about 5 – 6 days a week. After 3 months I was teaching basic sign language to Cub Scouts!

4. “Face the fear and learn a language” 

It can be scary having the first conversation with a language exchange partner or even an online tutor. Hold your head high and crack on as this will end up being an amazing experience. It will prove to you that the best way of learning any language is to speak it straight away.

5. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall”


You will make mistakes. We all do. I struggle getting words out in my native language sometimes let alone the other 4 languages that I dabble in.

6. “Muddy Water, Let Stand, Becomes Clear

– Lao Tzu

I have learnt over the years of studying that after a week of language learning you need to take some time off followed by a review day of everything. I have had many ‘aha’ moments by employing this method.

7. “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor”

An English Proverb.

You will hit rough seas along your language learning journey, but learning ways to manage this will lead to you becoming more fluent in your chosen language. Check out How to Manage Unhelpful Thoughts When Learning a New Language.

8. “Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key”

 Lao Tzu 

Practice is important and so is using more than one resource. When I am learning languages I use podcasts, apps, music, books… I tend to pick a topic and practice until I feel I am ready to move on. So practice, practice AND PRACTICE!

9. “Perseverance, the secret of all triumphs” 

– Victor Hugo

Above all perseverance is key in language learning.

10. “You never fail until you give up trying”

 Albert Einstein 

Making mistakes is how we learn. Keep going with the language learning. If you feel you are not doing well that does mean you have failed. Explore new methods or techniques. It may be the current way you are learning is not working for you.


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The Mindful Language Learner

Trisha, is the founder of Language Learners Journal.com. An award-winning blog dedicated to empowering and promoting a more mindful approach to independent language learning and teaching across the UK and beyond. Trisha has a professional and academic background in psychology and well-being. She has been practicing mindfulness for over 20 years and has professionally taught CBT-based mindfulness for the past 7 years. You can follow Trisha on her official Facebook Page, Instagram or Twitter accounts to discover how to apply simply mindfulness practices and scientifically proven strategies to your language learning...