We’ve all heard the phrase: change is the only constant in life. And the reason is simple. Whatever we do in life, we are bound to grow out of it. High school, college, your first job. You know it’s not going to be forever, so you enjoy the process and learn from it.
Now, with that said, even your day-to-day basis is different, right? I mean aside from the disciplines and routines you schedule daily or weekly, you are not going to live the same day twice. So why should language learning be any different?
Adapt, improvise, and overcome.
This quote might be taken from a movie, but the actor was portraying a marine corps and we all learn a lot from them. So what does adapt mean? Well, in simple terms, it is your ability to keep an open mind in any situation. You need to be able to adapt to any given situation, especially when it comes to language learning. Why? Because the path is not all sunshine and rainbows. But the end is very much worth it!
So think of this scenario for a second:
You have been consistent with your learning for over a month, you planned your week ahead and made a habit of note taking. But then found yourself outside of the house when it was time to study or what if this is not your usual Monday morning? Or maybe you were away for the weekend? Then what?
Well we know that taking a few days off is not an option. Remember, a huge part of mastering the language is consistency and discipline. So what is left? Adaptability. You need to find a way to adapt to your current situation and still fulfil your language tasks of the day. No need to panic, here is a few ideas:
If you have your phone, tablet, or computer with you:
- You can log into a French program or a podcast online. Get your 30mn in and feel great about it.
- Check out the latest news in French Newspapers and read an article or two out loud.
- Jump on a call with a French speaking friend or acquaintance: you can find plenty of community members keen to exchange languages.
- “What if I don’t have any devices with me?”, you ask.
Well, talk to yourself! I know it may sound silly, but it is one of the most common practices that leaves you feeling great about your progress. Try out your new words, appreciate your current knowledge and experiment with pronunciation.
Remember, you don’t have to use the same method, just a way to check those tasks off your daily must do’s.