Motivation & Routine

Today I will give you a simple tip on how to combine motivation and routine to establish a daily practice of studies.

The idea that to achieve a goal one needs motivation has always been dominant. However, in recent years, a number of scientific studies have been changing this concept.

What is motivation?

Motivation is a process that can come from internal or external factors that make us act. The factors that most influence motivation are:

  • Desire: how much do you want something?
  • Need: how much do you need something?
  • Reward/Punishment: what will be the reward in case of a positive behavior and what will be the punishment if you don’t act?

Motivation in language learning

 

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The best articles on March about languages

Let’s start reading two motivational articles from the Eurolinguiste blog.

When you hate to study: how to recover from a burnout in language learning – Eurolinguiste

In this article, Shannon Kennedy gives great and simple tips on how to recover and get back to the studies, even when you don’t feel like.

How to overcome a plateau in language learning – Eurolinguiste Continue reading

The Top Ten Posts of 2016

What did people read here in 2016? Check it here!

10. Review of Pimsleur German – I, II & III

I was very excited to do this review, Pimsleur is a very interesting course, people love it or hate it, no middle term here.

9. Why learning a foreign language can change your life

This is a guest post from Lucia Leite, about the most interesting aspects of learning a language.

8. Duolingo Review

An old review about the most famous language app!

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The best articles on November and December about laguages

After a long time without publishing a post, here is one with the best articles on November and December about languages!

November

 

Having Language Difficulties? It’s Time to Believe in Yourself – TheLinguist

What is the real difficulty people have with language learning? Learning a language is not an easy task, but it is far from impossible, but most of us fail to learn one. Steve’s thesis is that the reason behind is motivation, or rather, the lack of motivation that comes from the belief that learning a language is something very difficult.

The Best Way to Learn Another Language? From Interesting Content – TheLinguist

I believe that it is easier to learn a language with a material that is adapted to our own needs and goals. Steve Kaufmann believes in that too and here he gives 10 reasons why we should learn a language from contents that are interesting for us.

How to expand your vocabulary – Lingholic

A simple post, with a few tips on how to learn vocabulary effectively.

Discovery: to learn a foreign language thanks to hypnosis or online courses – FranceTVInfo.fr

[Article in French] – An interesting news report with two journalists. One tries to learn Japanese with hypnosis, the other tries to learn Russian with an online app. See the result after 20 hours of “study”. Continue reading

The best articles on October 2016 about languages

Here are the most interesting articles about languages that I read this last month.

3Fluency vs. Mastery: Can you be fluent without being good? – ScottHYoung.com

I really liked this article, because it distinguishes between two concepts, that we, language learners, often consider identical. Through this differentiation, we can understand why some people sound fluent in a short time, despite their small knowledge of the language. Continue reading

Why learning a foreign language can change your life

English-speakers have the great luxury of knowing the most in-demand language in the world.  When Europeans are sitting down for business or for recreation, the common language spoken is often English.  The same is true in Africa and in Asia.  So, if you are a native speaker of a language that many people around the world wish to learn, you might ask yourself – why would I learn a different language?  There are dozens of reasons, but let’s focus on four of them.

Work and travel opportunities

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10 tips on how not learn a language

Are you tired of learning a language? Tired of the same advice about language learning?

Don’t worry, I have the solution!

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  1. Study only grammar

Why waste your time talking, listening, reading the language when you can just study grammar? Study only grammar and you will, probably, have more knowledge of the language grammatical structures than any native speaker will! And, who doesn’t want to know more than a native? Continue reading

Confessions of a Polyglot: demotivation

I don’t know about the other polyglots, but I can’t keep myself motivated all the time while learning a language.

In June, I had a big problem to keep me motivated to study German. Like everyone else, when I start to learn a language I get very excited, I search for thousands of information about the language, materials and methods.

Learning a language is to know a new world. Despite the difficult task ahead of us, every little step is a big step forward. By learning a word, you have improved 100% in your language. Every word learned is a victory. The feeling of understanding for the first time a word in a sentence and after a sentence in context is indescribable. However, the better you get, the lower the returns.

Suddenly, to understand a phrase is normal, to read an article is no longer difficult. You are not fluent, but manages to get by in the language. The language is no longer a novelty for you. Your curiosity fades, you become fascinated with some other language, focused on some other task, goal or challenge of your life and gradually abandon the language. The result? Days, weeks or even months without studying the language.

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Benefits of learning a foreign language

Need a little motivation to study? Here are some reasons why learning a language is beneficial.

Brains of bilingual have better executive function

What does this mean? The brain of bilinguals performs better on certain tasks that require planning and problem solving. This happens because the bilingual is forced to change languages constantly; this constant change requires the brain to pay greater attention to its surroundings, making it more efficient over time.

For more details: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22464592

Dementia?

Monolingual develop Alzheimer’s signs earlier than bilingual does. Being bilingual can delay up to 5 years the development of the disease. That is, learning a new language is more effective against Alzheimer’s that most of the available remedies.

For more details: http://www.neurology.org/content/75/19/1726

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Changes your view of the world

Bilinguals have a different view of the world, literally. In the study below, it was shown that bilinguals perceive colors differently depending on the language they speak.

For more details: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=7961273&fileId=S1366728909990046

Improves memory

One more benefit to the brain, children raised as bilingual have better memories than monolinguals.

For more details: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S002209651200166X

Improves job prospects

Research has shown that bilinguals in the same function as monolingual earn more. And the international expansion of companies makes people who speak more than one language more attractive to the job market.

Tourism and open-mindedness

In addition to facilitating communication in travel, speaking another language opens your mind to new things. Humans of course get uncomfortable when they are in a different environment and experience new things. However, people who speak more than one language are naturally more receptive to what is different.

In short: speaking more than one language improves your mental health, making your mind sharper. It improves the prospects for a good job and salary, and open your mind to the world! Do you need more reasons to learn a new language?