Language learning burnout

Do you sometimes experience burnout when learning a language? I don’t. I just keep my activities varied, and focus on acitivites that I enjoy.


3 comments on “Language learning burnout


Hello Mr.KauffmanA few minutes ago I watched some of your videos which were extremely interesting to me, for a simple reason: My method of learning languages is exacly the same as yours. I just never expressed it that clearly, but more like "You have to talk and read a lot, that’s the key" something like that. But now I’ve noticed what you said all fits on "methods" which were talking with friends in the particular language, reading, listening to podcasts, etc and enjoying it. What I’m trying to say is that somehow I feel confirmed about what I have been doing, if you know what I mean. And for that I’d like to thank you. To show you that I know what I’m talking about, I’d just like to add that I just turned 17, knowing 6 languages, 4 of them completely fluent, almost fluent for the two others and I’m currently learning russian as my 7th (english is my 4th language).But I still have one question: All the languages I’ve learned so far were roman and german ones, so very close types… Russian still isn’t so different from these, but asian languages and arabic are completely different. So I’d like to know what is the best way to get into such a language, when you have absolutely no base because there aren’t any similarities to the languages you already know?Max

Yup, completely agree! This is a key to learning <i>anything</i>: mix it up!!Not only should you be finding material that allows you to learn the language in as fun and interesting a way as possible, but you should be moving around and mixing and matching as much as you please: when you get tired of one, go to another! Don’t <i>let</i> yourself get burned out, because whether you do or not is entirely up you.This is why I keep telling people they need to make it as fun as possible, this is why I keep telling people to choose Spanish-language movies, music, TV shows, comics, and books <strong>that they like</strong>, that they personally find fun, entertaining, and/or interesting to watch or read about. It makes all the difference in the world, it means the difference between paying attention intently while having fun doing it, or not at all, it makes the difference between loving learning a language or hating it, it makes the difference between staying in it long enough to really get proficient or getting bored and losing interest and giving up.Pick stuff you enjoy to learn from! My personal favorite is movies because you only need a few good ones, a single movie contains an <i>enormous</i> amount of the language in it (whatever language the movie is in, of course). In my opinion a single 2 hour movie will use the majority of the grammar contained in an entire language, that is most grammar rules for an entire language <i>will</i> get used at least once, not to mention the typically several thousand different vocabulary words! Plus the fact that the grammar and words they do use will tend to be the ones that you really need to know first and foremost if you want to communicate with native speakers because those are by far the most common ones.Cheers,Andrew

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