On average 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. As the old saying goes, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail,” so we've got some tips to help your language learning avoid becoming a part of the statistic.
The first step is to understand why the goal of learning a language matters to you. Psychologists say this is an accurate way to predict whether somebody will abandon their resolution at the first setback. If you are learning a language simply to impress your boss or doing it because “I have to for work”, these are signs that you have little emotional connection to your goal. Learners who have a strong emotional connection and care about their goal are much more likely to accomplish it. So, make yourself really consider why you care about becoming fluent. Consider all the benefits that this will bring and picture yourself chatting to colleagues, clients or residents in-country.
The next step is to ensure you have realistic goals. After all, it takes a long time to learn a language to an advanced level. Making vague objectives will lead to indifference and disappointment.
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