Lesson Transcript

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Okay, today’s topic is…
“How to fight language learning failure”
And you’re going to learn: Number One: Why people fail at learning a language. Number Two) The 2 questions smart learners ask themselves so they can succeed. And Number 3) Proven ways to overcome language learning failure.
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Ok, let’s jump into today’s topic:
“How to fight language learning failure”
And let’s jump into the first part.
One: What is language learning failure?
So, just to be clear: Failure is quitting or giving up. Learning at a very slow pace, taking a break, making pronunciation mistakes… or failing a language test are NOT real failures. So, don’t worry. Real failure is when you quit completely. So, what causes failure? Simply put..Weak spots and pain points. What do I mean by that?
Think about it. If you’re learning a language, you’re probably aware of your weak spots. For example, most beginners can read, but can’t speak well. So, not speaking as well as you hoped. That’s a weak spot or a pain point for you. Others have problems with motivation. No time. They don’t stick with resources and jump from one to another. Or, maybe they have trouble sticking with goals.
Leave a comment right now and tell me what your weak-spot is.
Whatever it is, if you don’t address it now, this weak spot or pain-point may become the reason you fail. And if you think about it, most people quit directly because of these pain-points. No time, no motivation, can’t stick to goals, not fun enough. Or they’re just not speaking as well as they dreamed. So, they quit on their dream. But, you’re a smart language learner. So, what should you do differently?
Part Two: The 2 questions smart learners ask themselves so they can succeed
Just a quick warning. If you’re happy with your learning routine or, if you’ve just started, you don’t have to ask these 2 questions now. But, you will need them later.
Here they are. You should ask...
One: What are my weak points?
And two: What am I going to do about them?
So, let’s do the first one.
One: What are my weak points? And the answers to this question are fairly common. Not enough time. Not enough motivation. Can’t speak the language well. I can’t stick to goals. I can’t stick with a resource and jump around. So, answer this question.
And now that you’ve identified your needs and problems, Ask the 2nd question.
Two: What am I going to do about them? Pay close attention here because this question is what separates the successful language learners from the rest. Here’s why. Everyone knows their weak points. And yes, it’s good to identify problems, but it’s much more important to have solutions. Because it’s one thing to spot problems and feel smart. But, it’s another thing to actually take action and fix them. That’s where the real smarts are. So, how do you take action? What are some learning tactics that actually work?
Part 3: Ways to beat language learning failure.
Let’s attack some common weak spots that cause people to quit and fail. By the end, you’ll start to see how to resolve common problems, you’ll come up with your unique approaches, and you’ll get into the habit of coming up with solutions.
So, one common weak spot is...
“You’re low on time.” If you’re low on time, the easiest thing you can do is learn for only 5 minutes a day. Set a timer, listen to a lesson and shut it off after 5 minutes. This will help you “get used to” learning. And at some point, you will want to increase your time.
And that’s why our lessons are 3 to 15 minutes long. Just to make learning easy for you. So time is not an issue.
Another thing you can do is, learn on the go with our free app. So, if you’re on the train, at the gym, or walking to a store, you can transform this “dead time” into learning time and learn a bit of language. Be sure to download our Innovative Language 101 App for free on the App Store or Google Play.
“You’re Low on Motivation.” So, if you’re low on motivation, maybe you’d do better with a teacher, someone who will interact with you and encourage you to succeed. You can learn with one with our Premium PLUS program.
“You Can’t Speak Well.” If speaking is your weak point, the best thing to do here is to just practice more. If you’re taking our lessons, read the lesson dialog out loud. Reading out loud is the quick and easy way to practice speaking on your own. Or, write down or memorize a lesson dialog and practice it out loud 3 times a day for a week.
“You Can’t Stick with Goals.” If you can’t stick with a 5-minute a day routine, then maybe you need someone else take charge and teach you. So, you should get a teacher… or join an actual language class where you have no choice but to show up.
“You Don’t Know Enough Grammar.” If you want to learn grammar, take our audio lessons on the site. In every lesson. you’ll get a conversation. Afterward, our teachers explain every word and grammar rule used inside. So, you actually get to see how the grammar is used instead of just reading about rules. You can also use Learning Pathways to get courses and lessons that are specifically dedicated to improving your Grammar.
Guys, these are just a few ways to address your weak spots and pain points. There’s a lot more we can cover. But, the most important thing you need to remember is to...ask yourself: “What are my weak points?” and “What am I going to do about them?”
Asking and acting on that 2nd question is what will put you on track to fluency, and avoid language learning failure.
So, what are your weak points? What are you going to about them?
So, thank you for watching this episode of Monthly Review
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How to write 1,000 words in your target language... in a 5 Minutes a Day
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