10 Ways to Get Your Language Learning Back on Track…

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I’ve been studying languages continuously for about 3 years now. Just like everyone else I do get burned out at times. When I do I apply these simple principles to help get me back on track and moving along again.

1 Take a Structured Break

It is important to structure in regular breaks into your schedule. This not only helps you to feel more refreshed it means you are less likely to quit. It seems strange to schedule a break when you have fallen off the tracks! It is important to look after your own wellbeing and apply a more holistic approach to the way you learn languages. 

2 It’s all About the Planning!

Why did you start learning the language in the first place? Travel? Business? Just for fun? It is very important to note down these reasons as a reminder for when you hit the language learning lows that may ‘throw’ you off track. I recommend reading 10 ways to use a bullet journal.

3 Set Goals

Set smaller more realistic goals that lead to the bigger goal of learning the specific language (or two). Big goals can be overwhelming. Use my 28DayLanguagePlannerwhere you can make a note of why language learning is so important to you and set out some clear goals for the next 28 days. Ensure you set some breaks every 5-7 days.  For more information on setting goals read how to make SMART plans.

4 Get a Tutor

If you have not done so yet hire a private tutor. They do not have to be expensive and you can get an online language tutor too. To find out how to get the best tutor for you check out my Top 10 Tips for Finding a Language Tutor

5 Get Some Peer Support

Language Learners Journal is aimed more for independent language learners. Personally, I feel I did not start to excel at languages until I took control of my own learning! However,  I also understand how important accountability is and that by joining forces with other language learners will help keep you on track. There are many online and offline groups or exchanges you can join and it is worth doing some research to see what is the best one for you. 

 

Examples #SULP,  #add1challenge, meetup or language exchanges on Italk.

6 Do a Course 

These days there are plenty of languages courses available some free and some you have to pay for. Courses can be face-to-face or if like me you are really busy then invest in an online course or use an app like Duolingo or Memrise.

7 Make it FUN!

Play games in your target language, listen to music, read books and watch movies!

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they’re doing.” – Dale Carnegie

8 Review Progress

If you feel you are going off track with your learning have a little review and focus on the progress you have made. Although still make a note of areas you still need some practice on and put a plan in place. If you need a boost for your language learning get a copy of my book Positively Productive.

9 Doing Things Differently

I may say this a lot, but if something isn’t working for you then DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT! We tend to go with what we know and this isn’t always the best option for us. By doing something different it does not mean you are falling off the track! It means you need a new route. Go back to your language plan and update it! If you want to make real progress you do need to step out of your comfort zone. Plan fresh activities to get you out of your comfort zone, but on a steady track.

10 Focus on What is Important to You

What are the main keywords you need to know? Focus on the aspects of the language you need first and put this into actual practice with a native speaker. This will give your greater confidence which in turn can help you stay on the right tracks.

 

Give these simple steps ago and let me know how they work for you? If you have any other tips you would like to share, please leave them in the comments section below.

 

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FREE 28 Day Language Study Planner

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We are what we repeatedly do.” – Aristotle

Do you want to be more productive with your language learning? Then you need to have a plan in place. A lot of people who are trying to achieve goals don’t always have a written plan. Putting your goals into written form really does help improve focus. A lot of people feel they don’t have the time to write a plan or don’t know where to start. So I have produced a PDF Planner for you! All you have to do is print it out and complete it. It should only take about 5-10 minutes and will help you with 28 days of language learning.

Research by Locke and Latham showed that people who set specific and challenging goals were more likely to perform better than those who had vague or no set goals. In summary, the more specific and challenging your goals, then the more motivated you will be to achieve them.  Your goal planner does not have to be long to be useful in fact the shorter and more concise the plan is the more motivated you will be to stick with it.

28 Day Language Planner

 If you are unsure what level you are please refer to the chart below:

Source from: http://ujop.cuni.cz.

You should set realistic goals. For example, it is unlikely for the average learning to go from A1 to C1 in 28 days. Although if you are a complete beginner aiming for A2/B1 is pretty realistic with a good plan in place.

It is really important to set a budget for language learning and have resources in place before you begin. If you are kickstarting a 28-day language learning challenge then it may be a good idea to take advantage of the FREE 1 month trials a lot of language learning companies have to offer. This will be enough time to grasp all the basics required.

If you have any questions about the planner, please contact me

Trisha Tests: Positively Icelandic #1

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Photograph Credit: This stunning photograph is the fabulous work of Taylor Leopold. Taken at Leopoldseljalandfoss Waterfall, Iceland.

So you voted for Icelandic and I have accepted your challenge. Let’s do this….

For the next 28 days using positive psychological methods, I am going to kickstart my language 51DrAxppB9L._SL110_learning. As a guide, I will be using 20 ways to improve language learning via positive psychology. There does not appear to be many resources online for learning Icelandic, but I did thankfully manage to find a complete beginners package on Amazon, click the pic for more details (affiliate link).

The Icelandic Resources I did find:

Language learning Library is jammed packed with exciting Icelandic resources!It also has site testimonies and ratings, which is awesome when trying to find the best sites to use.

My “Cunning”‘ Plan

Goals Seeds: 

Every evening I intend to write done 3 language learning goals for the following day. My first 3 are:

  1. Find some resources that will not only help me learn the language but keep me interested too.
  2. Research Icelandic Culture and history. I have already made a start on this and discovered there are 300,000 Icelandic speakers worldwide!
  3. Learn how to say “Hello”, “Bye”, “Please” and “Thank You”

 3 positive achievements 

  1. I know some facts already.
  2. I have found some amazing resources that are FREE!!!
  3. I  have an amazing supportive language learning community around me, thank you!

Support those who are struggling too.

Throughout my challenge, I will also be offering 20-minute pro bono motivational chats with those struggling to learn a new language or wanting some support with their self-esteem. I only have a limited number of spaces available so please contact me to book

Affirmations

Positive and feel good quotes are very important in language learning. Luckily I already have a list of my favourite motivational quotes

Connect with other Icelandic Speakers

Connecting with native and fluent Icelandic speakers will grow my fluency. At the time of writing this post, I know none, which is sad. So if you are a fluent or native Icelandic speaker please get in touch!

Visualise myself  having a conversation in Icelandic

This is hard to do when you don’t even know how to say “Hello” in Icelandic.

So I am taking a deep breath in, I can do this! I can learn Icelandic…

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