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How to stay motivated when learning a language

Learning a new language is one of the most difficult yet rewarding things you will ever do. The deeper we wander down the path of our chosen language, the more of a struggle it can be to keep our motivation at a high level. So, how do we maintain that motivation which got us started in the first place? This article is packed full of useful tips to help you stay motivated when it comes to studying your chosen language. From practical advice you can use while you study to mental reminders, we’ve written a guide just for you lovely Udon brains. So, let’s dive into this delicious bowl of knowledge!

Set yourself realistic goals:

One thing’s for sure, learning a second language is hard work. When we’re young, our brains absorb information like a handy little sponge. Unfortunately, as we get older our minds begin to lose that sponginess which means we have to work twice as hard to absorb relevant and important information. Learning a language is no different – which is why setting realistic goals is a great way to motivate yourself to stick with it. Rather than focussing on your end goal (which is probably to be fluent in the language of your choice), set yourself smaller goals which you can complete within a set time-frame.

Your realistic goals could include learning 100 new words per week, or having a weekly conversation in your chosen language with a fellow student. These small, realistic goals will help keep you motivated to continue with your language studies.

Reward yourself for your hard work:

As we’ve mentioned, studying a different language is difficult which is why rewarding yourself when you hit certain milestones is a sure-fire way to stay motivated and keep up with your studies. Now, these don’t have to be expensive rewards – they don’t have to cost anything for that matter! For example, you could set yourself the goal of studying non-stop for one hour, with the reward of watching your favourite TV show once you have completed your studies. These simple rewards may seem small in the grand scheme of things, but they can help you stay focussed and give you something to work towards.

Steer clear of distractions:

We live in a world where our devices are constantly glued to our hands. If we’re not updating our own timeline, we’re watching someone else update there’s. And guess what? These modern distractions are stopping you from achieving your language learning dreams! During your study time, it is important for your motivation to stay focussed on the topic in hand, rather than checking your phone or emails. So our advice is to steer clear of any distractions that may inhibit your motivation whilst you’re in study mode, even if it means physically locking your phone away for an hour or two. Your phone will still be there when you return from your studies and you will feel more accomplished once you finish your studies.

Remember why you started:

Whether you’re studying to become a Japanese master like your Udon Sensei or you’re embarking on a completely different language journey, the likelihood is that you chose to begin your study because there is something about the country; culture or language itself which really sets your soul alight. Months or years in, it can be so easy to forget why you love it so much, especially when you’re facing difficulties in your studies.

Reminding yourself of why you started learning your chosen language in the first place is a great way to reignite that spark for the language. Rather than delving deeper into studying, check out the things that made you excited about the language in the first place. From looking back at photographs of the beautiful cities you once visited to drawing some awesome anime designs; take yourself back to the beginning of your journey and remember why you started – this will motivate you to keep going.
Learning a language is not an easy task and you’re bound to face obstacles along the way, but there are plenty of things you can do in order to stay motivated with your studies and become the language master you have always dreamed of. From setting realistic goals in-line with your level of ability to reminding yourself of why you started your journey with the language you love, there are several, small tasks that you can do to stay motivated.

The team here at Udon Classroom hope you enjoyed this article! If you’d like to share how you stay motivated when learning a new language, be sure to reach out to us on social media and we will share your tips and advice with our followers.