Keeping your Language Learning Resolutions

Overview

Whether it be watching a reading a book in a foreign language, completing a 5 minute conversation with a native speaker, or learning the 1000 most used words in a certain language, a British Council Survey suggests that one in 5 people in Britain will have a language learning resolution for 2020.

However, making resolutions and keeping them are two very different things, so here are our tips to keep you on track with your language learning resolutions!

1. Get a Support System

Joining your local language learning community, or finding an online partner, is a great way to keep you motivated and provide you with help when you get stuck. You can ask questions on your local language exchange Facebook group or also find an accountability partner to learn together with – making sure you both continue to progress and meet your goals. 

2. Be Specific

Try to state as clearly as possible what your language goals are for 2020. Then create a road-map for how you can achieve them. General goals like: ‘become fluent in French’, are easier to forget about and difficult to evaluate, however if you write down: ‘learn the 200 most important verbs in French’, it is very clear what success or failure will be, and easier to create steps to achieve the former. 

3. Have Fun!

The more you enjoy something, the more time you are likely to spend on it. It seems simple, but this is often an overlooked part of language learning. Go to our weekly language exchange events (even if it’s just to have a drink), or find a hobby which has connections to the language you’re learning (salsa dancing & Spanish; or wine tasting & French, for example). 

You can even do all of this abroad, take an Italian cooking and language learning holiday, for example:

4. Record your progress

This is important both to show you how far you’ve come (and keep your motivation high), but also to show you any areas you might need to work on during 2020. If you’re goal is to learn the 1000 most used words in French for example, it might be an idea to make a spreadsheet with these words, and track your progress each month. Taking online level tests, especially ones which are based on CEFR levels, can also show you your improvements.

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Audrey
French and German learner, Leeds - via meetup.com

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