Expectations when learning a new language

Today we would like to talk about the common expectations people normally have when learning a new language.

We want to ask a question: have you ever left the cinema feeling disappointed and wondering what all that hype was about? If yes, actually 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 and great job, buying our own place, or learning a new language. In fact, 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.

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a university degree, a better job, or a new chapter in life. There is, however, one thing they all have in common and that is expectations. They expect to learn fast and have a near-native knowledge of Persian after a very short time. Inevitably, they are headed for disappointment. While it is necessary to set goals for ourselves, it is equally important to be able to assess how realistic they are. Do you really think that it’s possible to master a foreign language in 6 months when it took you years to learn your own? If yes, actually 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 new 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, our skills, effort, and also attitude. However, it doesn’t mean that it cannot be enjoyable, interesting and satisfying! So here are a few tips on how to approach language learning:

1. Start with an open mind 

don’t expect anything so you won’t be disappointed.

2. Please don’t compare yourself to other people

In fact, there will always be some person better than you. People have different strengths and weaknesses and learn a language at their own pace.

3. Do some practice every day

not doing anything for a week and then studying for hours on end simply and surely doesn’t work.

4. Vary your activities to avoid boredom

focus on your weaknesses, but also do what you find easier and more interesting, and enjoyable to keep the right balance.

5. Don’t study just because your parents want

Don’t study just because your parents want you to or because it’s good for your future and your life. Absolutely, it’s hard to stay motivated when you’re doing something just because you should. Try to find something that makes it meaningful to you, for example watching your favorite movies or listening to your favorite songs in Persian.

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6. Change your attitude and stop complaining

yes, Persian spelling doesn’t make any sense and yes, there are many different accents, but it is what it is. If you can’t change it, accept it.

7. Keep an open mind

approach the Persian language with curiosity rather than distrust and let yourself be surprised again and again how people in two countries express the same in a completely different way. Isn’t variety a spice of life?

8. Set yourself achievable goals

Please try to learn 5 new words a day, not 20!

9. reassess your priorities

If you are constantly tired from work and feel like you don’t have any time for learning, reassess your priorities.

10. Don’t beat yourself up for making mistakes

Please, don’t beat yourself up for making mistakes or progressing more slowly than you were hoping to if you have been doing all the right things. You just need more time.

So, do you recognize your bad habits or have you been doing all of the above? If yes, well done, you are on the right track. If you have just realized what you have been doing is wrong, Please 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 and learning!

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