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Tips for Motivation

Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:25 pm
by HollyJ
One important way to stay motivated to learn English is to know, and remember why you are learning English. Maybe you think this is too easy, but it sin't always. Because it is also important for your "why" to be specific. So my tip is to create a why list. The items in your why list must be specific: give names, dates, places, etc. To help you, here is a video of a class where I taught several students how to create a why list. Watch it, then create one yourself.

Re: Tips for Motivation

Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:41 pm
by milestone
motivation is the key in everything! Thx for this video!

Re: Tips for Motivation

Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:05 am
by threeyzmonkeys
An interesting video.
Motivation is a huge problem for my students. They often tell me that they hate English.
I tell them that you cannot hate English. English is a tool. It's like digging a deep hole and saying, "I hate this shovel." You don't hate the shovel. You hate the digging.
Do you hate your own language? Of course not. English is a tool with which to do fun things. If you like watching youtube, do it in English. If you like playing games, play them in English. If you like watching movies, watch them in English.
If you can do fun things while using English at the same time, your motivation will increase. You have to switch your mindset from "I have to study this language" to "Yeah! I can watch that excellent video on YouTube". {-: {-: :prof:

Re: Tips for Motivation

Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:22 am
by HollyJ

Milestone, you are quite welcome. I am sorry that I did not answer you when you first commented. I was dealing with the situation of a dying relative at that time, and I have been handling some difficult times for a while. So I am very sorry. Threeyzmonkeys, you bring up some interesting points. I would even take them a bit farther because I believe that English, like any language, is a treasure with its own beauty. But if you don't have the vision to see it, you will not consider it a treasure. For example, I had the opportunity once to touch a beautifully cut garnet worth about 15000.00. I was given the chance to touch it because I am blind. However, because of the blindness, I was unable to appreciate the true beauty of the stone that made it worth so much. To me, it just felt like an interestingly shaped rock. To those who do not see the treasure of a language, the language is just a chore, or a collection of sounds and words and rules that they must sort through.