Language Learning and New Year Resolutions

“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”
by ~Mark Caine~

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

One of the more common New Year resolutions that people make, along side losing weight, is to do with learning a new language.  I really wonder how many New Year resolutions are actually kept to or achieved.  My suspicion is not many!  🙂 There are certainly keys to framing a resolution in a way that will increase your chances of success! Here are my 3 keys to it:

  1. Make sure your heart is in it.  No good just thinking it might be a good idea. The more passionate you are about it, the more likely you are that you are going to succeed
  2. Form a resolution that is clear. The clearer you are, then you will know where you are heading. Fluent, how fluent? In what areas? In all skills or just the oral ones? It is best that you couch your goals in terms of what you will be able to do. That can be easily seen and measure and in fact is what we want in languages.
  3. Give yourself a time frame. By what time will you have achieved your goal?
  4. After you are sure about your resolution, create a plan of attack. Again, the more clear you are, the more likely you will do what is required as you then know what you need to do.
    How will you learn & what will you do?
    Of course this plan can be changed, but at least you know what you will be doing.

If by some odd chance you don’t end up achieving what you set out to do, don’t beat yourself up about it.  Instead learn from the experience and set yourself some new goals, taking note of what went wrong, so that next time you will not make the same mistake.