A Language Learner’s Manifesto
Have you been studying a language for a while? Are you still afraid to speak ? Follow the Language Learner’s Manifesto and become confident and FLUENT in your chosen language.
Repeat the following mantra daily:
First I must forget what I learned in school. I will make a fresh start. I will forget the rules of grammar. I will forget the quizzes and tests. I will forget all the times I made mistakes. I will forget what my teachers taught me. I will forget my native language. I will forget who I am. I am a new person. I will make a fresh start. I will have fun! I will focus on things that are fun and interesting. I will learn.
I will learn how to learn. I will listen a lot. I will let myself go. I will listen and let the new language enter my mind. I will listen often. Whatever I listen to, I will read, online or on my mobile device. Words and phrases that I don’t know, I will look up, quickly, using an online dictionary. I will save these words and phrases. I will listen every day. At first I will listen to the same content many times. Soon I will move on to meaningful content, subjects that interest me, things I love to listen to. I will listen to the meaning. I will listen to hear the words and phrases. I will listen early in the morning. I will listen late at night. Since I am reading as well as listening, I gradually understand more and more.
My first goal is to understand the language. I want to understand more and more of what I hear and read. Only if I can understand what I hear and read will I be able to speak and write. Until I can understand what I hear and read, I will not be able to speak and write well. But there is no hurry. I will work on understanding. I will read a lot and especially, listen a lot. I know that if I keep going, I will understand more and more.
Every day is a learning day. Every day the language is entering my brain. I enjoy reading and listening every day. I study with energy and enthusiasm. I study interesting things and enjoy the language. If I enjoy the language I will improve. Let the language enter my mind. There is no need to push myself. I am getting better every day.
I will never say that I am no good. When I read and listen I will tell myself “nice job”! I will learn naturally and easily. I will be nice to myself. I will not be nervous. If I make a mistake I will say “never mind”. If I cannot understand something I will say “never mind.” If I forget a word I will say “never mind.” If I have trouble saying what I want to say , “no problem”. I will continue no matter what. I know that I can become fluent.
I will trust myself, trust the process, and trust that I will reach my goal. I will be confident. Confident learners improve because they treat themselves with respect. I will tell myself that I am doing well. I will tell myself that I just need to keep going, no matter what. The more I listen and read, the more I understand. The more words and phrases I save and learn, the more new words I can learn. The language will become clearer and clearer in my mind. When I start to speak and write,I will struggle at first. But then I will make giants steps forward because I will take it easy. I know that if I understand the language well, I just need to talk more to improve. I will trust myself and trust my ability to learn. In this way I will achieve my goal and become FLUENT.