How to stay motivated when learning a language!

How to stay motivated when learning a language!

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[ Greetings in different languages] Today I’m going to be addressing a question that I get a lot. Somebody on Tumblr wrote to me And they said “how do you stay motivated? I have terrible anxiety, and I’m always riddled with– self hate, oh eugh– Self-hatred and self-doubt. It keeps me from doing what I love, and I feel like it’s held me back And I can’t do anything except to watch others move on with their lives.” First of all, to the person who said that, I really want you to understand how much you are valued. Think about how many people around you love you, and how you’ve changed the lives of others. You really do make a difference in people’s lives And you shouldn’t have self-doubt. I understand that you’re going through a difficult time So I’d like to give you some practical tips on motivation on how to think about yourself more positively in light of language learning. So, first of all, here’s some general things to remember when you’re feeling a little down and feeling like you aren’t progressing in language learning. First of all, and very importantly, don’t force yourself. You are a human being and you need breaks. You want to tell yourself study 500 words a day and finish this textbook and stuff And then you end up disappointing yourself, because you’re not able to reach those goals. One little tiny step at a time. It’s better to do tiny bit each day than it is to try and pile on everything and not be able to achieve your goal. Remember, the power of positive speaking. Trying to tell yourself, “I Speak ABC language instead of I’m learning Japanese or I’m trying to learn Korean, but it’s hard Talk to yourself positively! Tell yourself, ” I’m doing a great job! Look how far I’ve gotten. I’m speaking Korean.” Number two, everybody says this, but Remember the reason you started. What was that flame that triggered your passion for the language in the beginning? Also. trying to envision yourself where you want to be and envision What it’s like to be completely fluent in that language? but Don’t compare yourself to others. I repeat do NOT compare yourself to other language learners online. Rather try and build a community with them, become friends with them. If you’re feeling envious or jealous towards someone who seems to be progressing faster, remember another person’s success is not your failure. Just because someone else is more fluent or has Beauty– has more prettier studyblr pictures than you, doesn’t mean that you’re a bad person, or you’re a failure. Only only only compare yourself to your past self, don’t think “oh my goodness, James has progressed And he’s done five text books this month, and I’ve only like done one chapter. Don’t do that, tell yourself Wow- look at me! I’ve done one entire chapter. And last month I just learned two words. Tell yourself how much you are progressing. You can also start finding new ways to enjoy language. Rather than traditional study method, like taking a course, reading a textbook, maybe you like inspirational posters and stuff. Why don’t you print out quotes in your target language? Stick them up around your room, so that when you wake up in the morning you see this quote in Vietnamese or something– on your wall. You can even write your shopping list in that language. Make sure to make in the language part of your life and make it exciting again for you. Okay! Enough wishy-washy blahblah–Let us move on to those practical tips for us..practical people. Number one, this is something I am guilty of, I always buy new notebooks and new textbooks to like feel really excited about the language again. There is nothing like opening a fresh new notebook and being like ” Yes~ this is it! This is gonna be the one that I fill until the end.” So, get yourself–splurge, spoil yourself. Get a new textbook and a new notebook. Just so you feel like it’s a fresh new start. Number two, figure out what your ideal language learning style is. Are you an auditory learner? Do you remember song lyrics like the moment you’ve heard them? That’s your learning style incorporated into your life. If you’re more visual: put up posters, make flashcards, use highlighters. Number three, start a YouTube channel or a studygram or a blog or journal to track your progress. It’s really important to check your progress, because it can show you how far you’ve come. You can say “Wow, actually I don’t feel it, but I can see in my progress that in two months! I’ve improved my accent so much”, And, it’ll be a great source of motivation, because, you’ll want to update it. And, the next one, which is quite interesting, Be cautious, but open to language learning challenges. Online you’ll see things like “100 days of productivity” or “joy of learning languages”, “31-day language Diary challenge” thing, those are fun! Those are really cool. But, be wary of them, because if you suffer from depression or anxiety: It can put you into a space where you get overly competitive. And you’ll feel very bad about yourself if you miss a day. Don’t make it something you “have” to do, only do it if it’s fun for yourself and if you’re capable of it. And finally, if you really really don’t feel like learning: Fall back on immersion! Change your phone to the language, change your facebook page language settings to the language you’re learning. Even if you’re not actively studying, because it can be mentally draining. Trust me, I know. Make sure language just surrounds you. Listen to it, Talk to your friends in it. You don’t have to sit in front of a book and study. Don’t do that if you don’t feel like it. So, to summarize! Only do things if it makes you happy, don’t compare yourself to others, only–uhh– Compare yourself to yourself and pat yourself on the back for all your successes! I believe in you guys, you can do it. You are the best! Go learn that language! Bye!~

100 thoughts on “How to stay motivated when learning a language!

  • Natalia Garza Post author

    That mirror clip though 😂😂😂

  • 노래좋아하는 Post author

    안녕하세요. 터키어 배우는 것을 생각해요?

  • quỳnh anh Nguyễn Post author

    where are you from

  • const4nce Post author

    I literally converted the last part of your video in mp4 and used it as new page setting in my browser… it works though!!

  • Quốc Khánh Q.K Post author

    Hi Lindie.. can you speak Vietnamese?
    Tôi đến từ Việt Nam.

  • Áquila Soares Post author

    What a great video again, I like the way you speak sounds soo good to hear. I always say to my students about don't compare with others. Most of the people who get sad and depressed learning a language used to compare their progress with others. So just compare your progress with your own past. "Better than yesterday" I always put that on mind!! =D

  • Fariba Ghomi Post author

    That was very helpful for me
    Thanks for your good videos
    Try to up more motivating videos
    And I have a question Could you tell me which books you studied to learn a language? How many are they?

  • Carl Ortiç Post author

    Ur cute

  • GabriellaMZ Post author

    Great tips! I love your energy, too!

  • languox Post author

    Lady, you're great. Wise advices. Wish you the best.

  • *케일라 Post author

    The shopping list is a great idea! Thank you 🙂
    I also love fresh notebooks… I just started learning Korean sentence structures and I’m really stuck on 는, 은, 이 & 가 and it’s getting me really down cause no matter how much videos i watch or explanations I read it just won’t stick:/ Will keep fighting though! 🙂

  • Shiuan Dai Post author

    don't force your time –it's very useful ! taking a break is important for people.

  • 트와이스원스 Post author

    고마워요 😊

  • JiminTopAndYoongiBottomIsEverything Min Post author

    Teach me this language please. 3:23 😅

  • mis nu yo Post author

    Do you wanna learn Turkish? If you know Persian, it can be easy. And as you know Turkish alphabet is the Latin alphabet. (I'm sorry for my Englısh)

  • Léadounze 911 Post author

    I'm learning spanish right now and I already got English and French in check so now it's just the matter of completing it, it's really similar but I don't know why I don't have enough motivation to go threw it… I think that learning a new language is the bridge between two worlds, two cultures that may or may not be similar to ours and no matter what people say if you haven't visited that culture in depth, they are not similar at all even ancient colonies can be different… But my Spanish is extremely bad…

  • Flauritas Post author

    I'm so happy to find your channel!! <3

  • DotCom Payworthiest Post author

    Interested. I'm not jealous when it comes to learning the languages.

  • Kanna Walker Post author

    You are incredibleeee! 君はすごいね!

  • Sydney Marshall Post author

    I get very depressed but I’m learning korean. My problem is I go a couple days without studying then I get angry at myself for not studying then I feel that I’m never going to learn. What to do?

  • 趙昱旻 Post author

    This is very helpful. I'm learning the English now. Thank you so much.

  • Andrea O. Miranda. Post author

    You're amazing. I just found your channel and I love it!❤

  • Magnani Languages Post author

    Liked it! I also keep telling this to my students who are always doubtful.

  • Miss Clawful Post author

    I have depression, anxiety, social anxiety, chemical sensitivities and so many other issues that make me at times feel completely worthless. I try to feel and think positive but when those moments hit me there is no easy shaking them until they play out. I am an extremely self destructive person so either I do something to set myself back in whatever I can to hurt myself or I sleep it off. Problem is when I get to feeling low and I try to do the things I enjoy I end up not only not enjoying them but find myself getting angry over little things, be it studying or playing a video game, whatever. Sometimes, like when it comes to learning french and I am feeling life is pointless I wonder why the hell am I even trying to learn something new, unless I have some master plan, why bother? But then when I get to feeling better I go back at it again because I really want to learn it and enjoy learning, it makes me feel good that I accomplished something challenging.

    When I first started studying french I was going to the bookstore and finding and buying a bunch of childrens books, in french. I was really excited and learned a lot very fast, surprised myself that I picked up on it as well as I did. Then after a few months depression hit hard and I couldn't study, I could not keep focus because all my thoughts were on other misery in my life and about myself. But eventually I recover, back to studying until the next episode of heavy depression, and so on. Currently I'm doing okay and have been back to studying again. I've been studying french since over a year and a half ago, not all that time, but I have progressed rather well. I only compare my progress to myself. I actually record now various study and lessons I take because I think it will be a good motivator as well as something I can look back on for my progress. My study material is mainly video games, though have gone back to duolingo as well after a while away from there and feel I am learning better than I had for a time. And while I can't really come up very well with what I would like to say in french off the top of my head, I can read it pretty well, so much better than I had when I first began. Oh, and songs, songs are always a good way to study as well, especially if it is fun and the lyrics are catchy.

  • Raquel M. Post author

    I am native in Spanish and Catalan, and also fluent with English (i don't know how i learnt english, i just remember that i got inmersed in english through social media when i was 10-12, and i just learned it!), and now (i'm 18) I am trying to do the same with German. I have a friend that's from Germany and she's been helping me a lot, and at the same time i'm helping her with Spanish. I started more that a year ago, i'm still very shy when it comes to speaking out loud, but step by step i'm improving. 💪🏼❤🇩🇪

  • abbas delzendeh Post author

    Now that's an amazing Like/dislike ratio! Keep it up Lindie! big fan ❤

  • Mars Huang Post author

    Thank you

  • Fabio A Post author

    Just amazing, I tought she was saying that to me completely, thank you so much

  • peachy Post author

    Super super helpful! Feeling so much more motivated already <3

  • Tiffany Waldon Post author

    Love the posters/quotes and grocery list tips!

  • lisette la chat Post author

    No.1 is so me … ooh a new text book … pretty notebooks!

  • Oso Cafe Post author

    I actually feel better when I watched your video
    I have a problem right now and hope you can help me
    I've been studying german for 1 year and enjoyed it so much but now I am almost done with my degree and they need an official certificate.
    Besides that I am afraid of realizing that I am not that good as I thought, I start studying it by obligation and even though I am doing almost the same than before, it feels different.
    Dunno if u will read but if you do, I would appreciate your advice.
    Btw I like your channel and you are an example to follow 🙂

  • Zachary Johnson Post author

    You have no idea how much I needed to hear this. Someday I'd like to be like you and put myself in the polyglot YT community, but it's so hard to get anything done when you're stuck in your own mind. I'll get there eventually, and seeing this video and others on your channel are really inspiring. Thanks for the words of encouragement. Keep doing what you do!

  • Polyglot Production Post author

    thanks lindie because you are motivated me to start a youtube channel. and i will try my best to not compare myself with others. because almost 90% of my life, i compared my life and my skill with others. i love all your videos. i watched it because you have a lot of tips for language learner. 😊 hope you will be great and happy in your life. 💞

  • L'éclectique Post author

    It is my third time trying to learn russian, having an insight of the language's difficulty, giving up. It happened three times and I'm sure it will start again :')

  • Decidely88 Post author

    wonderful video. very encouraging. thank you!

  • ari c Post author

    This is the cutest video ever! Thank you so so much for the tips, also i hope this doesnt sound weird but you are one of the few persons that's keeps me highly motivated to keep studying korean. Your videos are being extremely helpful to me. Thank you so much Lindie 💓💓

  • Korean Coach Helena Post author

    한국어 공부하는 학생들에게 너무 도움이 많이 될 것 같아서 소개해 주려고 합니다. 그런데 영상정보에서 "동기부여가 생실수 있는지, –>동기부여가 생길 수 있는지" 이렇게 바꿔 주세요. (^^) 멋져요. 응원합니다. 화이팅!!

  • 이보리 Post author

    한국에서, 당신의 영상을 보고 많은 위로를 얻고 갑니다. 화이팅!

  • Yexntan ._ Post author

    When i started to learn English i would always feel down when i would forget things or confuse words. My friends would tell me to give up because i couldnt do it. I really felt like giving up but i tried to stay motivated and remembered why i was learning it. I can now speak fluent English aswell as Thai and my native language Korean.😊☺

  • emma helma Post author

    is it ok if we learn more than 1 foreign Language each day?

  • Sara Post author

    Such good advice I love you, you gave me more confidence

  • Claire E Post author

    147次条评论!:Really good points. Thanks. I have Youtube and my mobile phone set to Chinese which helps for a couple of reasons. One is that I know what these things look like in English so I get a sense of the meanings of words. The second way it helps is getting me used to seeing words I've learned in my textbook/flashcards in the "real world". As I understand more, I get a buzz. I can look up any words I am curious about and it feels like a bit of fun rather than proper strudying. I agree that treating yourself to new resources spurs you on and keeps it interesting. I'd say though, just don't overdo it with buying resources, otherwise you are going to be conscious of all the books you are not using! Right, 评论!;-)Curious though; do you recognise any of the Chinese characters I've used? I often wonder what Chinese must looks like to a Japanese reader!

  • tham nguyen Post author

    Thank Lindie

  • shofi fauziah Post author

    Thank you so much. This video has answered what I've asked to you before in FaceBook.

  • isca boundavioner Post author

    whats ur ig?????

  • Phuong Vu Post author

    I'm Vietnamese <3 Xin chào <3

  • Anthony Goodwin Post author

    "Another person's success is not your failure" True life lessons with Lindie. I love it!

  • Lee Haiko Post author

    why did I try starting to learn Russian…??

  • 방탄소년단!완전 사랑해요 Post author

    LMAO I really need this:< coz I'm currently studying Korean but my laziness and my lack of determination stopped me from learning and this video helped me alot!

    btw shoutout to ARMYs out theree~ If y'all learning Korean pls dm on my twtt acc ( @amaranthine_bts )

  • Jai Bartlett Post author

    I love Japanese culture! arigato!

  • ShyNess Post author

    Thanks for the motivation!
    I really like your sweet and bright personality.

  • Hải Nguyễn Post author

    I love you so much ❤️❤️❤️

  • Made in Heaven Post author

    Thanks for your advices, you are really helping me a lot! Keep your hard work as well! God bless you!

  • Kathy Fitzgerald Post author

    Hello. You have a new fan. I am learning Italian. (20 months). What are the best techniques to speed up the process? What things do you suggest? You mentioned reading, watching programs, music. What suggestions, advice do you have? My biggest struggle is oral comprehension. Very difficult. I feel I should be better at it by now, but feel I'm still a beginner at it. It is frustrating.

  • TheFiestyhick Post author

    You bring up some good points regarding language study motivation. The trait of flexibilty is important.
    What i mean is, yeah, it's most productive to do stuff like learn grammer basics, memorize sentences and do speaking practice, but when I try and do too much of that during the week, often I shut down, so at that point I need to be gentle with myself and LISTEN TO MY INTUITION and see what study approach it wants me to do today. So, sometimes, I'll end up just walking around listening to Japanese lessons or go to a cafe and just go though a dialogue text and memorize it like an actor would while listening over and over and over to the audio of the dialogue and keep mimicking the accent.
    Doing these "softer" approaches keeps one engaged still in the language and is better than just putting it off again.

    People think that it's about always "pushing hard" but, I think it's more about FLOWING with it, day to day to day. That way, your diligence adds up and the process is mostly pleasent. Before you know it, you've reached a new level😄.

  • Sarah Jean Post author

    I’m learning Korean and Japanese, your videos help a lot

  • Chopperman Post author

    “Another person’s success is not your failure" This! This is so important and it's something I really struggle with. One of my biggest flaws is that I'm always comparing my progress to others. It's not motivational at all! I'll try and keep your words in mind and focus on my own achievements. Thanks as always for the great video!

  • Malia Post author

    Thank you so much I needed this, you are a sweet ❤️

  • Andi Andini Maharani Post author

    Go Learn That Language😅

  • deepskysinger Post author

    한국어로 설명해주세요!!!

  • becoming fluent Post author

    3:40 this is me when i buy a new pencil actually but just the way i feel. cant show up like you because im a man 🙂

  • Richard Beleznay Post author

    Dafuq, 5:17 your phone is in Hungarian. 😀 Thank you for taking an interest in our little language.

  • Andreza Melo Post author

    Hi, I'm a student of English, and I like Korean music and culture. I like very much all of your videos, thank you 😀

  • Tet Ra Post author

    谢谢. You helped a lot…

  • Roza Post author

    I really needed this I’m a native Spanish speaker but I have trouble learning since I speak more English
    And I’m Learning Japanese and I do hope I’ll be fluent in both ^^>

  • Екатерина Бесчетнова Post author

    Thank you! That's what I needed! <3

  • Nekoツ Post author

    Cám ơn chị Lindie. :') Cám ơn chị rất nhiều vì những gì chị nói trong cái video này 😊

  • ً - Post author

    Tu es le meilleur , i’m soo happy that’s I found your channel ❤️❤️

  • onlethebest Post author

    thank you for the positive and great vibes

  • ScaryBueffel Post author

    You are an Inspiration, many thanks from Germany.

  • Annette McNabb Post author

    Wow Lindie, your are so wise for your years! i am so happy that i found your u tube channel , i can't say much more then what many on here have already said,but thank you i am an older language learner and i am very grateful for your advice 🙂

  • William G. Post author

    I love ya so much you are awesome!! <3

  • Leo Post author

    Thank you for making this video
    i have learned English for a while
    and feel so exhausted
    and then i happened to see this
    thanks~

  • 楊璧綺 Post author

    Thank you for your sharing, I like "another person's success is not your failure" I'm studying Vietnamese now, but my accent is a big problem. After watching your video, I think I have more motivation to study

  • Moonchild Journal Post author

    Why am I crying I'm not even one minute in.

  • 陳俞安 Post author

    ohoh you're so cute haha! your words make me fell full of energy! Don't compare with others,I can do it!

  • Darren Fike Post author

    This made me cry.

  • McKenzie Miller Post author

    Hahaha me gusta mucho está mujer. Ella es muy simpática y amable y me hizo sentir genial. Gracias por eso! Miraré más de tus videos en el futuro

  • Phillip Nelson Post author

    Language teachers take notes: this is how you motivate a new learner, or one who feels lost, frustrated, or on the verge of giving up.
    How to keep steadily progressing based on your own personal abilities, and use that progression to keep motivated.
    Finding out which study methods work for you, and using immersion to keep the fun aspect sparked.

    If only all language professors taught this practically and kind. 👍🏻

  • 에리스elise Post author

    “do not compare yourself to other language learners online”
    me: well someone finally mentioned that

  • 에리스elise Post author

    안녕하세요! (annyeonghaseyo, which means hello)
    im currently learning hangul/korean and i keep on getting distracted by yt videos or notifications etc. thanks!
    btw, im learning hangul because its a nice language! well, the other half is because of kpop, but no one mentioned that right now 😂
    안녕!

  • Selene Olivera Post author

    This is so helpful! I've watched dozens of these videos and yours was the one that really invigorated me to try again!

  • Raf Warner Post author

    You're adorable. Thanks for all the advices!!!!

  • Vladimir Goriachev Post author

    I've noticed you have H. Murakami's book there. He's my favorite writer (an one of the reasons I'm learning Japanese). This video is great. I've only seen one of your videos before that and it was great, too. I think you have a new subscriber, yaaaaaay! 😀 But seriously, thank you! I will share this with my friends.

  • Cheeto Dust Post author

    "Жизнь как зеркало" a close friend of mine, he was a foreign exchange student, said this to me while I was going through a tough time and it really helped me. He said that life is like a mirror, whatever you put into it you're going to get out

  • Leandro s Post author

    Your the cutest person I already saw in my life. Thank you for your tips and for the inspiration you made me feel.

  • Johnnys Manager Post author

    this video really motivated me, thank you for this video. i was crying earlier because i felt like giving up and i felt like i wasted months of learning korean. but, this video inspired/motivated me to keep going and to never give up

  • I stay in my room all day Post author

    Japanese – school forced me idk ask them

  • Jubba Palmer Post author

    2:38 oml James

  • Terror Channel Post author

    Thank you for your tips.

  • morten bourgeois Post author

    i started learning korean as a way to deal with depression and then i find the shape of the korean letters so cute than i ended up liking it and i learned english as an obligation at school thats why i want to feel how learning a language because i want to learned, feels like

  • Jubba Palmer Post author

    Hello bonjour helli

  • Luigi Libutti Post author

    2:35 when I started High School my level of English was really bad and all my classmates were already fluent. My English teacher told me that I was stupid because I couldn't even make a sentence in English so I felt really bad. Now after 2 years I think I improved my English and my marks are good. So I studied hard English just for not being called "stupid" by my teacher. I'm fluent in Spanish, and I have been learning Chinese for 1 year, all my classmates are jealous of my Chinese level. This is my revenge I think.

    Ps. My first language is Italian

  • William G. Post author

    I love watching this old videos over and over again ❤️❤️❤️

  • later Post author

    This is the best video ever on self doubt even if it's title isn't how to cope with self doubt

  • Alice A Post author

    You are amazing! Thank so much!

  • Fat Dan Post author

    Blondie you're amazing! Thank you so much for the
    inspiration! I don't know how someone so young has so much wisdom!

  • グリムニール Post author

    Damn I needed this. Thank you so much.

  • CommonCola Post author

    Love these tips, they're super useful!

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