In this post I’d like to address some important motivational factors when you’re learning a new language. These factor could even detour your focus of continuing your learning process so we do well in taking them into consideration. In this post we’ll consider the influence that people around you have in your language learning process. And you should be alert not letting negative influence affect you and embracing positive feedback.
The more exposure and the more practice you have with the target language, the better.
As you are learning a language it’s totally normal to not pronounce correctly some words. You will often confuse the time of the verbs or misplace words in a sentence.
Nobody wants to commit errors but as a starter, this will be part of your learning process. A very important recommendation is to continue: using the language even though you might feel a bit embarrassed at some point due to these mistakes.
Receptive and productive skills
To quickly learn a language, you will have to read and listen a lot. This means to exercise yourself in the receptive skills. A person that listens all day people speaking in his target language will commit less mistakes than a person that only hears the language when he is practicing it.
Productive skills require a bit more time learning the language. But if you could also start to engage in them, they will help you enormously as well. By productive skills we mean talking and writing.
Importance of practicing our target language
But we won’t over emphasis the importance of practicing. Regarding the significance of practicing, here is an example. If two twin brothers that have been raised up together playing baseball. Both have more or less the same skills in the game. As they are ending their teenager years, each one of them starts college in different cities. One joins the college baseball team and trains 3 times a week. The other never again puts a glove on again. Four years later when they both graduate and return to their home town, if they start playing baseball again together, whom do you think will commit less errors?
So, if you are not comfortable committing mistakes in your new language, this could be reduced listening to it more and practicing it more.
Influence of people around us while were learning a language
As you talk and write in the target language, you might feel shy, not wanting to commit these errors that characterize new learners. But never fall into the trap of muting yourself because of them.
You will also find people that will discourage you with unkind comments about your mistakes in the target language. But don’t pay attention to them. They don’t understand the harm they are doing to you, but you do. So don’t over think it. They are just kidding. So don’t let it affect you and continue talking and/or writing.
The process that occurs in the brain of an adult has some additional elements compared to what occurs in an infant when learning a language. But imagine a little boy as he is growing up, every time he opens his mouth to talk, his parents start to make fun of him for mispronouncing or misplacing words. Imagine all his relatives discouraging him with comments about the bad he talks. We know that this type of thing would not occur. And on the contrary, the family is always eager to hear his first words. They motivate the child to continue speaking showing him abundant love. And applauding his effort, even thou it doesn’t come out perfect at the beginning.
Adults are psychologically stronger that infants, but the principle still applies to adults. Try ovoid people that only discourage you concerning your language learning goals. But this doesn’t mean you are not open to receive feedback.
While you’re learning a new language, the motivational part is very important. And you do well to pay attention to it. If you have some stories about how others have encouraged you or discouraged you, please share them in the comment box below. We would love to hear what has helped you to continue motivated learning Italian. Sharing your experience may also help other visitors that are struggling at the present to learn a new language.