One of the most frustrating parts of learning a language is not seeing improvements in your skills, or feeling that you are “stuck”. This usually happens because when you first start to learn a language, you advance rapidly. You have little to no prior knowledge of the language, therefore your knowledge can only increase.
Even still, you put so much time and effort into learning a language. So why aren’t you improving as quickly as you’d like? Here are some reasons why:
- You Don’t Have Set Goals
Okay, so, you’ve set the goal of learning English by the end of the year. Is that your only goal? How many other goals have you set to actually get yourself there? If you have nothing to strive for or work on, it’s often hard to achieve your main goal. Set small goals that are more attainable. You will always have something new to work on that will ultimately lead you to your goal.For example, if your main goal is to be able to give a speech in English by the end of the year, you need to set smaller goals along the way. Remember to set S.M.A.R.T (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound) goals. Every time you achieve a goal, remember to reward yourself!
- You’re Not Studying Enough
It’s so easy to get caught up in our busy schedules. It’s even easier to forget about our studies, and to just relax with other activities in our life. Take an honest look at your schedule – how many hours a week do you spend studying? How many hours a week do you spend watching TV?If you feel like you are studying enough, then maybe you’re not having enough quality study time. Podcasts and videos are a really fun way to improve your English, but passive learning is not enough. You need to make sure that you are completely focused and engaged in what you’re learning. Study in ways that require reading, writing and verbal practice, and that give you immediate feedback.
- You’ve Lost Your Zeal
Sometimes when you’re learning a language, you get so caught up in all the studying that you forget why you’re learning it in the first place. You associate the language your learning with studying, hard work, exhaustion and frustration, and it feels like a chore more than anything. When you’ve lost your motivation, zeal and hunger for the language, you’re not going to make any real progress.How can you fix that? You can check out a blog post I wrote about keeping yourself motivated. Or take a look at a collection of pictures that I put together to put a smile on your face and encourage you to keep going!
Learning a new language is no easy task. But if you rise up to the challenge and accept the difficulties, you can continuously improve your English! You don’t have to be at a standstill with your language learning. If you keep setting small goals, actively focus and accomplish them, you will see improvement.
As always, thanks for reading!