How to never miss a day of learning:
Tips on continuous progress in your language journey.
Discipline is tricky when it comes to progress. It is fundamental in the pursuit of any achievement yet, it takes effort and consistency. Being disciplined in your language learning journey can be hard sometimes. In order to persevere, you need to keep your eye on the ball. Meaning? Stay focused. Think about your language goal and imagine the road ahead. Imagine yourself at a french gathering discussing “les oeuvres de Baudelaire, Jules Vernes ou Victor Hugo”. Or maybe you’re into the arts and you want to show off your love for the Louvre and its masterpieces. Perhaps your goal is interpreting in a big organization, working in the fashion capital or studying in the city of lights… The list goes on but one thing ties them all together: Disciple.
Here are 3 tips to help you maintain focus and discipline.
1. Share Your Learning Commitment
Sharing your commitment doesn’t just mean post it on social media and tell the whole world about it. It can be in the slightest challenge between you and your little brother, your sister or your cousin. You can tell your best friend or a fellow language learner. Or a higher status such as a language professor, a tutor or a mentor. Why? Sharing your commitment puts you in a position to persist. You feel obligated to check that daily target off your list and when you do, it gives you that great feeling of achievement. You promised and you delivered and now you feel good about it.
2. Remove Distractions
Start with 10 minutes! Do you have 10 minutes to spare? Only 10 minutes! That’s half the time spent watching a sitcom. Let’s have a look at what can be done in 10 minutes: Unloading the dishwasher, folding some clothes, clearing your desk, making an appointment… Now consider taking 10 minutes off of distractions. No phones, no computers. Just you and the old-school pen and paper. Maybe try some grammar exercises, read a text, or a few pages, pick up a hard copy of a french dictionary and learn a couple of words: write them down, use them in a sentence or two. Start with 10 minutes, choose any time of the day and feel free to step it up when you feel ready.
3. Always Carry Learning Material With You
Bookworms tend to carry at least a book with them at all times. Language learners have the advantage of variety. Carry a novel, a reading book, an exercise book. Download an App, a Podcast, a video. Remember, at this point, any french material is learning material. Anything you choose to carry with you at all times will bring something new to your language goals and gets you one step closer to achieving them. The key is REPETITION. Wake up – learn – repeat.