In every language student’s journey, there comes a time of frustration. You feel like you’re not making progress, or like you don’t understand native speakers, or like you can’t say what you want to say, or like no matter how much you learn, you still have so much more to go, etc. It happens to everyone. So how do you deal with this?
I could honestly write a book on this topic, but to be brief, I will give you a few things to think about, that may help you work through this:
Are you being fair to yourself?
Are your expectations too high?
Is the time that you’re putting in a reflection of your progress?
Have you given it a fair amount of time? (There is nothing fast about learning a language)
Have you taken the time to reflect on everything you have learned so far and to be thankful for that?
Are you really in such a hurry?
Is it time to step it up a bit to take it to the next level?
Have you come to terms with feeling uncomfortable at times? (This is incredibly important)
Have you accepted that learning a language is a lifetime commitment, very much like exercise?
Do you realize that with time and consistency, you absolutely will get better?
Are you focusing on the right things? (Many people say they don’t understand native speakers, but don’t practice listening to them either)
Just remember that everyone hits plateaus during the journey & everyone gets frustrated. Now ask yourself these questions, come up with a plan and keep looking forward…
Your language therapist,