Happy Monday from Langports! Today we would like to talk about the common expectations people normally have when learning a foreign language.
Have you ever left the cinema feeling disappointed and wondering what all that hype was about? If so, you joined the ranks of all those people who went to see a movie with certain expectations. It’s perfectly normal and we all do that. We expect and are expected to do certain things in life, whether it is getting married, finding a fulfilling and well-paid job, buying our own place or learning a foreign language. The trouble begins when we don’t get or do what we expect or what is expected from us because then we start feeling the pressure and end up feeling frustrated and stressed.
People come to Australia to learn English for many different reasons
A better job, a university degree, or a new chapter in life. There is, however, one thing they all have in common – expectations. They expect to learn fast and have a near-native knowledge of English after a very short time. Inevitably, they are headed for disappointment. While it is necessary to set ourselves goals, it is equally important to be able to assess how realistic they are. Do you really think that it’s possible to master another language in 6 months when it took you years to learn your own? If you do, you are putting way too much pressure on yourself and your unrealistic expectations will either make you feel inadequate or make you blame everyone else for your lack of progress.
Learning a language is a process that requires a lot of dedication, work and time.
It’s not easy and how long it takes depends on many factors – our life conditions, our ability, effort and also attitude. However, it doesn’t mean that it cannot be enjoyable and satisfying! So here are a few tips how to approach language learning:
So, have you been doing all of the above or do you recognize your bad habits? If you have, well done, you are on the right track. If you have just realized what you have been doing is wrong, don’t despair; it’s never too late for a change. Don’t worry so much about the outcome, just do your best and enjoy the process!