Tag Archives: Motivation in language learning

14 September 2013

Are we learning languages the wrong way?

We are learning languages the wrong way says this article¬†from the New Statesman. I don’t agree with everything in the article, but there are some important points. I have always felt that the emphasis on teaching a few basic survival sentences, or correct usage, is largely a waste of time. I believe we need to […]

5 September 2013

All learning is self-learning

We are conditioned by schools to think that our learning has to be directed by a teacher in the classroom. However, learning is inevitably a process of self improvement and personal growth. What matters most is what we as learners ¬†do, whether in the classroom, or outside the classroom. A teacher cannot force learning on […]

19 August 2013

The long road to language learning success

It takes a long time to learn a language. I have sometimes compared language learning to an upside down hockey stick. There is an initial quick steep climb, followed by a long straight period when we are often not aware of our progress. That early climb, when something unintelligible all of a sudden becomes meaningful […]

11 July 2013

Quantity over quality in vocabulary learning

Yet another thread at LingQ on vocabulary learning. I am quoted as having said the following: “To me a word is like a person you get to know and who is going to help you learn the language. You know lots of people without knowing them in detail. The more often you meet them in […]

7 May 2013

Motivation to learn languages

Our motivation is what determines success or failure in language learning. So what motivates us to learn different languages? For myself over the last few years, I can see a variety of different motivations. I am learning Romanian, a language that had not interested me before, simply for the reason that I will be visiting […]

6 July 2011

Learning to accept our achievements.

Here is an article that I recently wrote for lifehack.org on this subject. This kind of relates to the issue of accepting what we achieve in language learning, at every stage, even while striving to improve.