In the following guest post, Lukas Van Vyve of The Polyglot Life discusses the importance of being authentic in your language learning.
Do you dream of effortless conversations with locals during your travels and being able to say everything you want?
Or maybe of speaking without making a single mistake?
Perhaps what you want is perfect fluency?
You’re not alone; many people have that in mind when they first start learning a language.
However, like most of them, you might have discovered that reaching this kind of native-like fluency is harder than it first seems.
The grammar is complicated.
You keep making mistakes while speaking.
Conversations are difficult; you don’t always understand the other person, he doesn’t understand you.
What you’re saying doesn’t resonate with him.
You don’t connect.
Frustrating, isn’t it?
However, it doesn’t have to be that way…
What if I told you that a simple mindset change could relieve you from these frustrations and make you progress faster than ever?
It will allow you to focus on the right things when learning a language, which will boost your progress.
It will empower you to start learning a language, speak to natives and have them open up to you – even after just a couple of weeks.
Most of all, it will give you the satisfaction and motivation you need to keep on studying.
This mindset change might be the missing link that’s holding you back from connecting with the language you’re learning.
I discovered it myself through learning five languages and living abroad for several years, and implementing it has completely transformed the way I learn languages.
The keyword? Authenticity.
Ready to find out more? Read on!