What to Do When You’re Tired of Learning Persian (part 2)

We’re always very excited when we start learning a new foreign language, and we want to achieve our goals as quickly as possible. However, there comes a time — often known as the ‘intermediate plateau’ — when we stop learning language as fast as before and feel nervous about new lessons. Actually, we feel somehow blocked and discouraged. Why does that happen? Here are 6 top tips to overcome some of the roadblocks people often face while learning Persian.

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1. Study In A Brightly Lit Room

Setting up the right and suitable environment is your first step to effective study sessions.

The type of light is important. Studying in a room with natural light sources (for example: near a window) does wonder on keeping you focused and alert, even in the afternoon. Studies have shown that learners that had exposure to daylight (vs. artificial light) in the day tend to stay alert for a longer time in the evening.

For night time learning, make sure your environment is sufficiently bright, and don’t just rely on one lone light source, if possible.

1. Have fun

Supplementing your Persian classes with other activities will help you learn faster. You can do some word games, crossword puzzles, and quizzes. Aside from being entertaining, these can increase your Persian vocabulary and improve your spelling skills. Also, your brain gets exercise. In fact, these activities help you become mentally active thereby reducing the risk of dementia (especially for seniors). Furthermore, they enhance your problem-solving skills and help improve your memory.

2. It’s not a crime to take a break

There may come a time when you feel like you can’t learn anymore and learning Persian isn’t for you. Maybe you feel that if you take a break now, you won’t be able to come back and you will definitely forget everything you’ve already learned. That’s a big mistake. Sometimes it’s better and more effective to take a short break to clear your mind and come back stronger with new strength than to force yourself to learn Persian, which is just as effective as no learning at all.

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3. Find a language partner

Camaraderie and even a bit of competition can push you to continue learning. Ask a buddy or friend to learn Persian with you. Ask a native speaker out so that you’ll be extra motivated to improve your Persian language skills. You’ll also learn how to use common Persian phrases and get used to how words sound when you have someone to communicate with constantly.

4. Sometimes you need a push from someone

We think there’s nothing better than a big, big motivation. In fact, fear can either mobilize or paralyze us. It’s only up to you what to do about that. Also, it helps when you have someone who supports you. It can either be your teacher or anyone who can give you that one needed push.

If you learn the Persian language with no urgent motivation, but simply to up your level, your motivation usually comes from within. The fact is, we can’t mobilize ourselves constantly on the same level. Our mind gets tired eventually. Let’s face it – sometimes we just need an imaginary driver, yes an imaginary driver. We need some kind of outside motivation that can help us overcome the weaker times. So please focus on some upcoming event, like a trip, or a meeting, and tell yourself you need to have made big improvements by then.

5. Remember…

The process of language learning can’t be perceived as a drag. Remember, mastering the Persian language is a long journey, and it has its ups and downs. Sometimes, when hiking mountains, you should go down to start climbing again! Just always keep your eye on the destination. Please remember your goal, and perhaps even write it down and repeat it to yourself over and over again. You’ll then find the right path.

6. Still Tired? Try Switching Topics Or Tasks

When you feel tired, and nothing has been entering your brain for the last 15 minutes, you can switch to an easier task or topic to keep the studying momentum going.

Actually, with an easier topic to absorb, this maintains your productivity and keeps you on track with your study plan. Save the trickier chapter for the next morning, when you must naturally be at your peak level of concentration.

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