Want to know how to learn a new language?
Full of passion but don't know how to get started?
You probably know some people who seem to have a natural talent for languages and can learn a new language quickly. You might even have said to yourself: “I'm just not one of those people”.
Not so fast!
What if I were to tell you that 90% of the language learning game has nothing whatsoever to do with talent?
Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus said: “Mindsets play strange tricks on us. We see things the way our minds have instructed our eyes to see.”
He's right. Our eyes have been trained to look for the best method to learn a foreign language. But it's not the right method, it's the right mindset that is the key to success in language learning.
Get your mind focused on the right things, and there's nothing that can stop you.
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Why is mindset so important?
Here's the truth of it.
When people don't have the success they want in language learning, it's not because they're using the wrong method. It's because they get so confused about what they should be doing everyday, that they try lots of different things and end up getting nothing done.
The wrong mindset will cause you to jump from book to book, method to method, not really knowing what you're doing, and leave you frustrated, demotivated, and wondering why you're not making any progress.
With the right mindset, you can learn to recognise those activities you can do everyday which will bring you massive results. They might not necessarily be the most fun – in fact, they can be quite repetitive – but they bring you results!
“We see things the way our minds have instructed our eyes to see.”
So, what is your mindset telling you about language learning? Is it telling you to focus on highly effective activities that are bringing you closer to fluency? Or is it telling you to keep trying new things until you find something that works?
I don't want you to waste your time.
It took me 10 years to learn this stuff. Now let's get into it…
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The following articles look at key aspects of language learning from the point of view of developing the right mindset – understanding exactly what you're doing everyday and how it's helping you make progress.
Are you clear about why you're learning your target language? I mean really clear? If you're not sure, start with this article (it might change the way you look at language learning):
Choosing the right language resources is vitally important to your success. With so many to choose from, how do you make a selection? This article shows you how:
You have tried to study your target language, but for some reason you just can't keep it up. This article will tell you how a destructive mindset can sabotage your progress:
How long is it actually going to take you to learn your target language? Understanding this is key to developing a successful mindset for language learning:
What really matters when you start learning a language? This is what everyone wants to know. Find out here:
You sit down and open your textbook and you find a dialogue there. But what should you do with it? This post guides you through an effective process for dealing with dialogues:
Being able to speak with native speakers is everyone's goal. Unfortunately, speaking can be downright terrifying if you don't have the right mindset to help you along. This article will help you address that:
You're not alone if you have trouble with listening in a foreign language. This manifesto will help you deconstruct the listening skill:
If you want to become fluent, you need to speak. Language exchanges can happen face-to-face or using Skype, and are the single most powerful way to improve your speaking…if they're done right. This article shows you how.
This will get you started, but there's a lot more on the way.
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