It seems to me that you don’t really need much encouragement with language learning.
As an extrovert, you’re normally first out of the blocks…
Speaking with people without fear…
But what are you missing out on?
Could you speed up your language learning by borrowing some techniques from introverts?
I’m definitely not an extrovert.
So, I defer to the wisdom of the crowd…
1 – Not Everyone Is Like You!
Do you have classmates who don’t seem to like speaking as much as you?
Perhaps you find yourself wondering why others don’t seem to enjoy it all like you do?
Maybe you have a friend who you pressure into speaking a language with you?
Well, here’s the thing…
Other people are keen too.
They just learn in different ways.
Be patient with them.
2 – Read More
As an extrovert, your language routine might revolve entirely around speaking with people.
It’s where you draw your energy.
It’s what excites you. Makes you feel alive.
But if you read more, you will learn faster.
For all the benefits of practising speaking with people, there’s a lot that you miss. (Speaking all happens very quickly, after all!)
And reading is the single best way to complement speaking.
Got some great books for you here!
3 – Learn To Enjoy Your Own Company
Watching a film by yourself…
Reading a book…
Being in your own company is a treat, not a punishment.
This can be hard to do, and you may face a lot of internal resistance to it. That’s where FOMO comes from!
But when you discover just how much you can learn when you’re alone, you’ll want to do it more!
Try starting with just 5 minutes a day, and build up from there.
4 – Be Patient With Yourself
As an extrovert, you probably love speaking with people, and may want to start speaking early in the language learning process.
But if you’re speaking a lot as a beginner, you’re going to make a lot of mistakes. There are no two ways about it!
But guess what — that’s ok!
Be patient. Don’t beat yourself up.
5 – Not Everyone Wants To Speak With You
You might want to speak with people as much as possible…
But not everyone will be as keen to stand there and help you practise!
Be alert to the signals you receive from people, especially if they’re not language learners themselves.
6 – Stick To Your Strengths
The most important thing in language learning is to discover how you learn best.
I’ve personally tried methods that I know are powerful, but don’t fit my personality.
I do better by sticking to how I know I learn best. Methods that I’ve discovered the long, hard way, over learning 8 languages.
As an extrovert, if you know you learn best by speaking, then stick to that!
Language Learning For Extroverts
I hope you found these tips helpful.
If you’re an introvert, be sure to check out my sister post on introverts.
Lastly, if you have a friend who’s a massive introvert or extrovert, share this post with them – they’ll thank you for it!