How Your Reasons Can Change Your Language Learning
You’re a great communicator and that inspires me in a
world that is so greedy that there is no time to
communicate and be human. You have a talent for
communicating. You explain things thoroughly.
I had a lot of questions about your ebook and now I
have understood a lot.
I want to learn Korean because my wife is Korean.
Although she barely knows any Korean, I would like to
learn to get closer to my in-laws and all the family
we plan to visit when we go to visit Korea.
I think I’d like to get by with it vs. being fluent.
Perhaps I don’t think I can learn as many languages
as I want and be fluent in them. I have too many
interests and goals in life and I know I won’t achieve
half of them. I’ve got to select what I most want.
I definitely want the kids I hope to have to learn
Korean fluently, as well as many other languages, but
they will have an enormous head start over me.
I LOVE languages. I speak Spanish and Norwegian. I
have always wanted to learn the ancient languages such
as Hebrew, Arabic, and Chinese, among other languages.
I just love learning.
When I learned my third language, Norwegian, I immersed
myself in it painfully. I had to. My job depended on
me learning it. I lived in Norway and I decided to quit
translation at 6 months. I made many humorous errors as
I practiced, but I finally sounded like a native and
developed an accent from my learning.
I have learned a lot from your ebook and given my experience,
it makes sense.
Thank you again.
Thanks first to Rick for his kind e-mail.
This e-mail points out a very important concept when
learning a new language which is why I wanted to share
it with you.
Your reasons for learning a new language can make or
If the language is tied into your life somehow such as
you want to communicate with family or you are going to
be working a job in a foreign country or with foreign
clients, then these goals will help you to stay focused
on learning and moving forward.
On the other hand, if your goals are not as strong, such
as you chose your language on a whim or it does not have
a strong connection to your life, you may find that you
begin to lose steam and will end up not learning much
before you stop.
Now that you are aware of the importance of this, you
can use it to your own advantage!
All you need to do is simply go out and create ways that
the language ties into your life. Even if you already
have a good reason, go out and make some more.
This can take the form of finding and making a new friend
who speaks the language natively or even as simply as
getting a penpal online who you can write to once every
week or two.
By creating these connections in your life to the language,
you will find that not only do you pick up a great deal
of the language when using the connections but you will
also feel a stronger sense of reason for learning the
This translates into an easier time learning
and your mind will be more willing to pick up the
information that you study.
I’ll talk to you again soon.
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