Tag Archives: motivation

What’s your excuse?

What’s your excuse for not studying, making progress, and speaking your target language? Today, mine is that it is too hot.  Then I remember that my teacher Joonhee wrote “It’s toooooooo hot here in Korea. 너무 더워요.”  Summer and it’s … Continue reading

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Time to SMILE #SMILEgoal

Check out Josette LeBlanc’s smile goals. Now it’s time for you to SMILE! Share your SMILE goals via your blogs, Facebook, or Twitter by using the hashtag #SMILEgoal.

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Forgetting a language

My blog documented the first year of trying to acquire Korean language.  Now, I am wondering about maintaining and forgetting of language.  What do experienced language learners do to maintain the knowledge they have acquired?  How quickly is knowledge lost? … Continue reading

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Fall in love with language

Kevin the Language Hero wrote an article 101 Ways to Fall In Love With Your Target Langauge. There are some polyglots who have torrid 3 month affairs with a language, then move on the the next. Others gather up languages … Continue reading

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Motivation, Habit

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”  – FLYLady How are you doing at establishing your habits? FLYLady’s sage advice: Don’t try to do two projects at once. ONE JOB AT A TIME. Don’t pull … Continue reading

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Time management – a visual cue

Sometimes to change our behavior, we need to see it in a new light.  Here is something you can try.  Get a set of two different colored objects, like black and white go stones or checkers.  As you spend your … Continue reading

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Clearly defined goals

Take a few minutes to complete the following sentences about yourself. I am learning Korean because                      (list as many reasons as possible). I want to be able             … Continue reading

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Why learn a language?

Language learning can do a lot for your well-being. Because it’s easy.  In this crazy, unpredictable world, what is simpler than doing flashcards? Because it’s a challenge.  Learning a new language is an intellectual stimulation. Because it builds confidence. In … Continue reading

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Non-negotiable

So you’ve made a resolution.  Is it non-negotiable?  Is it your #1 priority to establish a routine that will get you what you desire? Trust the process.  Commit for 30 days to do EXACTLY what you promised. “Let’s practice doing … Continue reading

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Approach like an athlete

There tools that one can use to improve performance and motivation. Log it.  Each day, write down what you did, how long, and how you felt afterwards. Notice patterns. Visualize.  Spend a little time each day visualizing in vivid detail … Continue reading

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How to avoid reinventing the wheel: biggest struggles language learners face

Every day, I wake up and think “Hmm, what will I do today?” It occurs to me that my problem is that lessons on productivity and best practices I knew from my computer programming days I fail to apply to … Continue reading

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10 Reasons You Fail Language

Thanks Benny Lewis for recommending 10 reasons your language project is failing and things you can do about it.   I’m trying out Stayfocusd.  I am also thinking hard about the question “Why are you learning Korean?”

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Statistics to motivate

Steve the Linguist wrote and article Motivating Language Learners Through Statistics.

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