You’ve decided to learn a foreign language so now what? Learning a foreign language can be daunting. There are so many new words and grammar rules to learn. Setting realistic goals is a great way to take a daunting project like language learning and making it attainable.
Begin by making specific goals. What is it that you want to be able to do? Do you want to be able to order in a restaurant or perhaps you want to be able to understand the latest telenovela?
Make both big goals and small goals. Let’s say your big goal is to be able to go to another country and order at a restaurant. Your small goals could be the list of vocabulary you would need to learn to achieve that big goal.
Set a schedule to achieve your goals. Review your current schedule and find a time every day to study. Remember it is better to study every day for an hour than it is to cram a week’s worth of studying into a few hours. Write down when you will study in your agenda. Make it an appointment that you need to keep.
Lastly, be flexible. Remember life can get in the way. Sometimes you will miss your study time. If you do, just reschedule it as quickly as possible. If you don’t meet your goal by the date that is ok, just don’t give up. The key to learning a foreign language is persistence!
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