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Okay, today’s topic is:
How to Get Back on Track After Language Learning Failure
If you ever made language learning a goal… you also likely experienced failure. Maybe you quit studying for some time. Maybe you came back to try again later.
But how do you bounce back after failure? Well, it might be easier than you think. In this episode, you’ll discover:
1) The key point to consider after failing a goal
2) The Steps to Getting Back on Track with Language Learning
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How to Get Back on Track After Language Learning Failure
So, how do you get back on track with language learning after failing?
Think back to your school days. Did you ever miss a homework assignment? Most of us did, you'd have to make it up...AND do the next one. You had to double up on your work.
So, if you've ever missed a goal, you might be tempted to do the same thing… finish your old goal and achieve a new one. However, that might be such a good idea.
A key point to remember after failing a goal is… Don’t set the same goal again. Let’s explain why.
One: if you failed the goal before, there's a good chance that the goal might be too much for you. In that case, you'll want an easier goal.
Two: You need to give yourself a chance to succeed. And if that requires setting a super-easy goal that you actually can reach...then so be it. Do that.
For example, if you tried to learn 100 words in 1 month and failed...but you want to try again... Go for something smaller like 20 words. Between trying and failing the 100-word goal again or reaching a smaller 20-word goal, you're much better off with the 20-word goal.
It'll be better for your motivation to hit a super-easy goal instead of failing multiple times in a row. It'll get you back in motion with language learning.
Now that you know how to get back on track… Here's some steps you can take.
One: Think back to the last language goal you set and failed. Was it last year's New Year's resolution? And was it something like… "I just want to be fluent," or "I want to speak the language?" You can let us know what your old goal was in the comments.
Two: Aim for a smaller, more realistic goal.
With that last goal in mind, think about how you might make a new easier goal?
Your goal should always be 1) small, 2) measurable, for example, 1 minute of conversation, 100 words, 10 grammar rules, 10 lessons… etc. and 3) have a small time frame with a deadline; in other words, it's a goal for the week or for the month, and the deadline is January 31st for example.
So, if your failed goal was to just speak fluently… aim for something smaller.
Set a goal like I want to speak for 1 minute this month. Or, I want to be able to introduce myself by the end of this week.
Or, master the alphabet by the end of this week. And schedule a deadline for yourself.
All of these goals are small, measurable, specific, and easy to achieve. You can easily know if you reached 1 minute of speak, learned the alphabet, or learned how to say "my name is…" in the language you’re studying. So now that you have a goal.
Three: Find a Way to Fit Language Learning into Your Life.
Instead of creating new routines that you may have trouble sticking with, work with what you already have: your existing routines.
If you already spend 10 minutes on chores in the morning… you can play a lesson and learn a bit of language.
If you take a walk, you can play a lesson then.
If you watch YouTube for an hour in the evening, spend 5 or 10 minutes watching one of our lessons.
Piggybacking off of your existing daily routines is the easiest way to introduce language learning into your life.
Ok now let's talk about learning material.
Four: Get Back on Track with Easy Learning Material.
The easiest way to restart learning is with our audio and video lessons. All you have to do is hit play and follow along. And if you have to, you can multitask. For example, as we mentioned, you can be doing chores and listening in.
Taking steps like these can help you form study habits. It's a lot easier to listen and do what you usually do, as opposed to buying a textbook, setting aside time, sitting down, and trying to go through it...especially if you're not used to learning a language.
Finally, another very easy thing you can do is take advantage of our word of the day lessons.
These are daily emails that teach you one new word a day. The goal of these emails is to get you used to learning and create a simple routine.
If you can stick with spending 1 quick minute every day learning a new word… Then, you can grow to stick with almost any other routine.
So, to recap...
We often fail and give up on our goals because we overwhelming ourselves. Whether it's with an unrealistic goal, a heavy routine, or complicated resources. You want to do the opposite: avoid overwhelming ourselves. If you failed a goal before, aim for a smaller goal. Avoid heavy learning routines and piggyback off of your existing daily routines. If you take a walk, then use that time to listen to audio lessons. And finally, use easy learning material. Such as our audio/video lessons on our website.
So, thank you for watching this episode of Monthly Review
Next time, we’ll talk about: How to Adjust Your Routine &Learn Language from Home
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