Instead of believing you can’t do something, give it a go and see how far you can get. That sums up having a “growth” mindset, as described in Why the Growth Mindset is the Only Way To Learn.
I’m driven to learn Korean by a passionate curiosity.
Learning this new skill is hard, makes me feel incredibly stupid, and at times feels like I am expending tremendous effort for no progress. It isn’t easy to challenge my belief that I am rubbish at learning languages. It isn’t easy to keep going when I feel like I am failing to keep pace in my class.
From the article:
“The growth mindset does allow people to love what they’re doing – and continue to love it in the face of difficulties. … The growth mindset allows people to value what they’re doing regardless of the outcome.”
Basically, enjoy the journey, don’t worry about the destination, don’t judge yourself by how fast others are progressing.
To other language learners out there, let’s do this together. Let’s love what we are doing. Let’s enjoy learning, for it’s own reward. Let’s give it a go, and see how far we can get.