How to Stay Motivated to Learn a New Language Like Arabic
When you have decided to learn a new language like Arabic, you likely start your training with enthusiasm. You look forward to classes and doing exercises to increase your knowledge. After a time, though, if you are not seeing yourself progressing as quickly as you would like, it’s easy to lose your motivation and begin to reconsider your decision.
In order to be successful in learning a new language, it’s important to stay consistent with your studies. When your motivation starts to slip, how can you stay on track so that you can reach your goals?
Linguistic Rituals to Help you Learn
Since we know that staying consistent is one of the keys to learning a new language, creating rituals around learning is an important part of helping you to master learning Arabic or any other language you are studying.
Rather than trying to make your studies something that you need to block off a large chunk of time for in your daily or weekly schedule, we have come up with a concept where you incorporate small activities into your daily routine.
These Linguistic Rituals, or Linguistic Habits, are much easier to introduce into your routine, and require less commitment than trying to fit an hour or two into your schedule. We know that most people are already very busy and find it challenging to fit more things into what they have to do each day.
For this reason, our Linguistic Rituals don’t require a large time commitment at all.
Choose Small Activities That are Easy to Accomplish
For example, you might decide that you are going to practice reading or listen to a short lesson online and practice your pronunciation for 10 or 15 minutes each day. Choose a specific time you will perform the activity. It should be one that is convenient for you.
Link your Activity to Something you are Already Doing
It’s a good idea to link your new activity to something you are already doing. You may decide that you will practice your reading while you have your morning coffee or after you have lunch. You could decide to download a lesson to your mobile divide to practice pronunciation between classes or meeting when you are on the go.
Consider any Barriers to Doing the Activity
When you are setting a time to do the activity, make sure you have considered that you have everything you need, such as a room with a door you can close or a similar distraction-free space so that you can do your language training exercises.
If you decide you are going to read or practice your pronunciation at a certain time, you will want to make sure that you are reasonably sure you won’t be interrupted for those few minutes.
General Tips for Staying Motivated to Learn a New Language
Here are some general tips to help you stay motivated when you want to learn a new language:
1. Plan your Habit
Choose one thing that you do to advance your knowledge of the language you are studying. It should take no more than 20 minutes at a time. (If the activity will take longer than that, it will likely be too difficult for you to fit into your schedule regularly.)
2. Schedule the Habit
It takes approximately 30 days of consistent repetition for an activity to become a habit.
3. Be Consistent with the Habit
You need to be prepared to commit to doing the activity you have chosen for at least one month. Keep going with it each day until it becomes as automatic for you as brushing your teeth or combing your hair.
If your goal is to improve your skills with your new language, you need to be diligent about practicing it every day.
Doing some work on it or a short time each day will help you build your knowledge gradually, and is a better strategy than trying working on your language learning for several hours at one time and then leaving it for days or weeks before practicing again.
You will find it easier to remember what you have learned, and you will build on your knowledge naturally.
Try this technique to help you stay motivated with your language learning.