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Welcome to Week 13 !
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The Key to Becoming a Polyglot Is …
I finally made another Language Challenge 180 video! I had wanted to make one every week (or at least every other week) but the time has just flown by! I will try and make them more often during this second half of Language Challenge 180.
In today’s video, I talk about an essential element in becoming a polyglot. It is straight from the book Babel No More, so you can be sure that it is solid advice!
This Week’s Activity
- Individuals: This week notice which elements in your native language, and/or the language you are learning, bring you pleasure. Is it using your language(s) to chat with friends? Is it being able to read books in the original? Maybe it is when you feel connected to a foreign (or your native) culture? Take some time this week to really notice how it feels using your target language – and then try and make those pleasurable moments happen more often!
- Parents: Try and identify which things bring your children pleasure when they are using their language(s) – or help them to find this out. You don’t have to ask your children directly. Just notice which things your children like to do and try and figure out why, exactly. They don’t like doing workbooks? Maybe it is because the work is too easy or too hard? Maybe they would like workbooks if the level were different? Or maybe they just don’t like workbooks at all but love watching videos in the target language? Maybe your children don’t like watching videos when you pause to ask questions. Maybe you could talk about the videos afterwards in more organic ways so that your children work on their language skills without feeling quizzed? Notice these nuances about your children’s language-learning this week and see if you can help make it more pleasurable for you and them!
It can be hard to identify exactly what feels pleasurable and why when it comes to languages. For example, maybe you/your children enjoy working on grammar rules or practicing flash cards. Just because others say that things like this are boring doesn’t mean that they can’t give you/your children pleasure! Don’t let what others say interfere with what you enjoy in learning a language – each of us is different and unique!
Studies show that we feel good when we feel that we have accomplished something we wanted to accomplish. If this is true, then maybe the key is in setting up small goals for you/your children so that everyone feels wonderful once the goals are met. Just remember that whatever you do, it should be something that you can sustain over the long haul. So make your goals small, incremental and painless.
Tell us in the comment section below what brings you (and/or your children) pleasure in using/learning language(s). Do you/your children enjoy most all activities as long as it involves the target language? Or maybe certain ones bring more pleasure than others? Share your thoughts!
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