We’ve asked successful language learners in Europe how to set and achieve language-learning goals this year. Personal success stories prove that the intention to actually speak a new language combined with achievable milestones, makes the language-learning journey exciting and fun.
1. “Cross over into a different world.” (Eddie Izzard, multilingual comedian)
Great things take time. Learning a new language can be a wonderful journey for life. It is worth dedicating your time and continuously working towards your set milestones. Eddie Izzard, multilingual British comedian says: “If you do learn another language, you cross over into a different world – a world that you might have dreamed about but now you can live in.” Explore new places, meet new people and learn about local customs and traditions you wouldn’t have come across otherwise.
2. Nothing is impossible
Set a goal you thought you never would be able to achieve. Host a meeting in Spanish, propose to your girlfriend from Rome in Italian, move to Japan and start a new life like our blogger Daniel Tirado: “In my case, I wanted to marry a Japanese girl, Yuki Sakamoto, so I really needed to learn the language to be able to tell her father my intentions.”
3. Step by step
Break your goal down in smaller, achievable milestones. Ellie Koyander, 22-year old mogul skier of the UK national team, who is learning Russian for the Winter Olympics, suggests: “Work back from your overall goal and plan how often and/or what you can do to achieve it. The way Rosetta Stone is set up makes hitting milestones fun and achievable and it is great to move up level by level to see how far you’ve gone!
4. “Fail, fail again. Fail better!” (Samuel Beckett, Irish play writer and poet)
You will only proceed in your new language if you allow yourself to make mistakes. Be bold and order your coffee in Italian when you are in your favourite bar in Milan, or book your hotel in French when going to Paris next. You might make mistakes, but every time you fail, you will learn something new, isn’t that what you want?
5. Share your milestones
Tell your friends and work colleagues about your language-learning goal this year. #milestones blogger Rachel Cotterill says: “My incipient knowledge of Turkish came in useful in some surprising places.” Thus, get prepared, meet native speakers in your local town, travel to the country and order from the local menu, impressing the colleagues or friends travelling with you.
Once you have set your personal language-learning goal, choose the right method that helps you achieve it, step by step. Language-learning solutions, that help you celebrate language-learning success on the way, will ease your journey and add fun to it.
We’d love to hear about your tips for language learning in 2014. Leave them in the comments! Haven’t decided which language is right for you? Try a free demo in over 20 languages, here.