or how to stay motivated
Odmah na početku da Vam kažem – nemam čarobni štapić ni nadnaravne moći, ne vjerujem u lagana rješenja i šarene marketinške laži ali Vam mogu ponuditi iskustvo, male ali učinkovite trikove i primjere koji su me oduševili.
Često imamo goste teachere iz raznih zemalja koji su u nekom razdoblju živjeli ili još uvijek žive u Zagrebu i dovesti ih na sat, među polaznike uvijek je pun pogodak. Tako sam jednom prilikom nenajavljeno došla s mladim američkim kolegom u grupu većinom 40+ gospođa. Imale su engleski poslije radnog vremena, umorne u mislima im svakodnevne obaveze i već razmišljaju što moraju obaviti nakon sata .
Uvijek sam nastojala smisliti neki upečatljiv početak kako bi ih otrgnula iz svakodnevice i uvela u svoj svijet komunikacije na stranom jeziku. To mi je uglavnom uspijevalo, ali nikad tako učinkovito kao tada.
Pitanja koja vježbamo do besvijesti, small talk, fraze, vremena, kondicionali, pasivi sve je to prštalo sa svih strana, neke stvari kojih se i ne sjećam da smo radile skupa one su izvukle iz skrivenih prolaza svoga mozga u želji da impresioniraju kolegu svojim znanjem i saznaju što više o misterioznom zgodnom čovjeku koji je svoju ulogu odigrao besprijekorno.
E da mi je Matthew svaki puta na satu, pomislih na trenutak, ali to opet ne bi bilo to.
Focus, Devotion and Real Commitment
Učenje jezika kao i svaka druga vještina koja se mora uvježbati zahtjeva fokus i predanost. Nije važno koliko dugo, nego da to bude kontinuirano, da se time bavite svakodnevno, a opet da ne postane zamorno i samo još jedna obaveza koju ste napustili na pola puta.
Three Pesky Motivation Killers
1.“I no longer have to do this.” When changes happen and you lose your initial motivation for learning the language, look for other reasons to continue with the journey. Motivation is not one monolithic thing. You can have many reasons for learning a language, and they don’t have to be dead serious. The best ones are within yourself, the internal and intrinsic reasons that are less sensitive to external changes.
2.“I realized I’m bad at languages.” Nobody is bad at languages, you have proven that by learning your mother tongue. You just need something appropriate for you. Focus on little tasks or games that reward and encourage you for what you do get right. You’ll end up thinking, “Hey, I’m really not that bad!” The learning plateau is when you hit the wall, not much is happening and things are at standstill. Everybody gets to this place at some point, but stay on track. Even when you think you’re not improving, continue studying, because learning plateaus end. Keep that in mind!
3.When other things become more important… We all have jobs, families or obligations, people and places we need to go to. So learning a language takes a back seat to bills that need to get paid and kids who need to be raised. Don’t drop everything to study a language, but learning needs to have a high place in your priorities if you’re ever going to get around to it. Make an inventory of things you do on a daily basis. What things can you stop doing so you’ll have time for learning a new language?
Three Mindsets that will bulletproof your motivation
1.“Mistakes get me closer to the promised land.” Violated a dozen grammar rules in a single sentence? No big deal! People who fail make very few mistakes. It’s because they don’t even try. You learn from mistakes. Mistakes are not the enemy. If you get that mindset in your head, no error or mistake can ever extinguish that fire of motivation.
2. “Man, this is fun!” For language learning to be fun, you have to be an active participant, not a passive observer. In short, make it fun! Aim for variety and novelty. Variety is the spice of life. So mix it up by using multimedia. Break up your study into short bits and stop just before you get tired and lose motivation for the next day. Don’t take any of it too seriously. Being serious kills all the fun. Don’t just study up on the language. Put down the language textbook for a minute and dive into the culture. You’ll learn almost as much French by learning about French food and cooking techniques. Find a friend to help motivate you.
3.“Every day is training day.” Consistency is the name of the game. But we’re only human, and there are days when energy is low and we just don’t feel like doing it. The different ways to make the process fun that I’ve just talked about will definitely help.