Deciding to learn a language on your own, without going to a group class, college course or having lessons with a private tutor is a brave decision. Obviously there are reasons why you may have no other option – your working hours or busy lifestyle may not allow you to attend a class at a college at the same time each week, you may not be able to find a good private tutor near you or you may not want to pay their fees.
The truth is that learning a language on your own is challenging but it is definitely possible and if you follow a structured approach you can make excellent progress within a short amount of time. The good things about learning on your own are that you can learn at your own pace, you create your own deadlines and you will have a greater sense of achievement once you reach your goals.
Without a doubt you need to be motivated to learn the language. People who are most motivated have a real burning desire to learn the language so it is particularly good if you have an end goal in mind, such as:
– a holiday or extended travel abroad
– an exam; GCSE, A-level, DELE, University degree
– to work abroad
– to get a job or promotion
– to talk with foreign friends, relatives or colleagues
– to become fluent in a foreign language
Motivation is important when learning a language because you need this to continue learning when things get hard. Along your language learning journey you will have good days and bad days. You will reach plateaus when you think you will never be able to speak the language. The only thing that will get you through these bad times and stumbling blocks will be your motivation to carry on and achieve your goals.
You need to structure your learning logically and focus on one thing at a time. There is so much to learn when studying a foreign language and there are so many different resources that are recommended by people it is easy to become overwhelmed and confused. If you focus on exactly what you need to know for your end goal you will avoid this. If you create a good learning plan for the next few months or up to a year, you will stay focused on achieving your specific goals.
You need to be organised to be able to schedule enough time on a regular basis to your language learning and to stick to this. The best thing is to stick to the same time of day for your language study. This way it will become a habit more quickly and one that will be easier to stick to in the long term.
I have created a free 7-Part Email Course to teach you how you CAN learn Spanish on your own. In this mini course you will learn how to:
– Keep learning simple
– Set realistic goals
– Choose suitable resources
– Grow your Spanish vocabulary
– Effective study techniques
– Immerse yourself in Spanish every day
– Plan your first 12 months of learning
You may be feeling overwhelmed at where to start but this mini email course will help you focus on the most important areas and help you get started with learning Spanish. If you follow the advice you will build a strong foundation in Spanish and make maximum progress within your first year.