If you are looking to expand your horizons and learn a new language in 2022, you are not alone.
It turns out that learning a new language consistently ranks among the most popular new year’s resolutions that we make, as more and more of us seek the educational, professional, and spiritual benefits of multilingualism.
However, only a fraction of people will ever see their new year’s resolutions through to the end, with motivation often dropping off before January is even over.
Learning a new language is always a massive undertaking, one that requires mountains of motivation to see through.
If you’re looking for low-effort ways to stay motivated and meet your language learning goals in 2022, we have got you covered.
Remember Why You Are Doing It
Everyone has a reason for learning a new language, be it personal or professional.
According to the language tutoring app Preply’s annual survey of language learners, most of us begin learning a new language with the intention of advancing our careers.
However, some of us do it to further our personal development, while others wish to have more rewarding travel experiences.
Essentially, learning a language unlocks a lot of doors and is always a worthwhile pursuit.
If you find your commitment faltering, take a moment to remember why you wanted to learn that language in the first place and think about all the new professional and personal doors this language will allow you to open.
Divide and Conquer
We often feel demotivated when learning a language due to the fact that the task ahead seems too enormous to conquer.
After all, even the most committed polyglots have moments when they see the extent of grammar and vocabulary they have to master and consider packing it in. Nonetheless, this is no way to approach your language journey.
Instead, you should be dividing your learning into small, manageable, unintimidating chunks, and tackling them one at a time.
Instead of thinking “I need to master all of my German cases”, focus first on micro-tasks like ordering a cup of coffee in German.
By starting small, you can take control over your learning journey and slowly ease yourself into the language as opposed to jumping straight into the deep end.
Very few of us have the energy to stay motivated and on the ball 100% of the time. This is fine. One of the worst things you can do is beat yourself up because you did not meet your language studying goals for the day.
All this will do is throw you into a demotivational spiral where you eventually convince yourself that you don’t have what it takes to learn a language. Be flexible and take it easy on yourself.
If you do not meet your study goals today, relax and try again tomorrow. You have time.
Never forget that learning a language ought to be a very fun hobby to undertake. Instead of focusing on constantly hitting the books, you can try passively learning in ways that are more engaging.
There are many ways to do this, and the right approach depends simply on what you enjoy doing.
If you’re an avid video gamer, for example, try setting the audio and subtitles on your current game to the language you are learning.
Or the next time you sit down for a Netflix marathon, consider watching native-language TV shows and films, which will also help you to immerse yourself in a new culture and learn how people actually speak the language you want to learn. When you can have fun with it, learning a language becomes easy!
By following these simple steps, you can keep your motivation going throughout 2022 and beyond, until you have mastered the language you wish to learn. We’re rooting for you, so don’t give up!