Best Ways To Get Motivated For Studying

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HOW TO MOTIVATE YOURSELF AS A LANGUAGE LEARNER?

Do you get bored of learning English? Do you have a short attention span? Does it feel like it is something you have to do not want to do? Do you find that the process of learning is not very enjoyable?

It is common to feel like this if you are losing or have lost your motivation to learn.

In this blog, I will try to boost your willingness to learn again by giving you some suggestions on how to improve your motivation for learning English as a foreign language, who knows, you may even be able to use these techniques in areas other than English!

1. Imagine yourself in the future

Envisage yourself being able to talk to native speakers just as you do in your own language. Imagine other people wanting to speak English as well as you do.

Envision the possibility of writing emails and having conversations with people from all over the world. Imagine helping another learner by explaining the correct usage of a term in English that you learnt a while ago!

This should be motivation enough to want to keep learning, but if it isn’t, then please continue reading…

2. Find a learning buddy

It helps to have a friend you can practise English with, because you’ll be able to discuss any concerns with your studies or help each other with homework!

Having conversations in English is the best way to improve, and if you’re talking to a friend, you’ll feel less nervous or embarrassed about making mistakes!

It would also be beneficial if the other person is at a similar level to you, as you will be able to encourage each other to progress.

Having conversations in English is the best way to improve, and if you’re talking to a friend, you’ll feel less nervous or embarrassed about making mistakes! It would also be beneficial if the other person is at a similar level to you, as you will be able to encourage each other to progress.

It would also be beneficial if the other person is at a similar level to you, as you will be able to encourage each other to progress.

Try to meet your friend regularly if you can, otherwise it may not help you very much. If you live in the same area or go to the same school, that would be ideal! If you have tried to find someone to learn with and have been unsuccessful, you may want to try making new friends on

If you have tried to find someone to learn with and have been unsuccessful, you may want to try making new friends on language exchange websites. You would still be able to have conversations on Skype and write emails to one another.

Another idea would be to use social media to communicate with others in English. Here is a page with suggestions.

Maybe you could even start your own English club where you live! Invite whomever you’d be happy to meet with on a regular basis and practise English together.

3. Use English as much as possible

As I mentioned in the previous point, having conversations in English is the most effective way to learn a new language quickly. Using English can be fun if you want it to be!

It can be quite enjoyable to read your favourite book in English, understand a song that you like to listen to, watch an interesting movie, make new friends or exchange emails with native speakers, read about a topic that interests you, do some volunteer work, you could even join a club or group where you’ll have contact with native speakers.

The more opportunities you have to use English, the more you will WANT to use it!

If you’re reading something, listening to a podcast or talking to someone in English, you’re bound to learn a few new words that you haven’t heard before, and if you’re writing an email or letter to someone, you’re practising your writing skills; so the more you use it, the more you will learn.

Using English can naturally increase your motivation and improve your general attitude towards learning.

For example, if you find your listening skills or knowledge of pronunciation help you to understand a movie in English and you are able to improve your own pronunciation by imitating the accents, then you’ll want to study pronunciation and listening more.

If you learn some new vocabulary and later are able to use it in a conversation, you’ll want to learn more vocabulary and find opportunities to use them.

Progression and improvement alone are powerful motivational tools!

4. KEEP ENGLISH ALL AROUND YOU

There are many ways to do this: change the language settings on an electronic device to be in English (only do this if you know the device well enough to work your way around it!).

Read any English signs you see, ask people (who you know can speak English reasonably well) to always talk to you in English or put up little notes and signs in English around your house (these could be of words you’re trying to memorise or phrases you would like to use).

Another good idea would be to use your favourite websites in English, this shouldn’t be too hard if you use them frequently, as you’ll already know how to navigate your way around the site. Having the exposure to English all around you will be extremely beneficial and speed up the learning process!

Find the fun in learning English. Ask yourself what attracted you to studying the language in the first place and try to incorporate it into your hobbies or the activities you do in your free time.

5. YOU’RE ALREADY DOING WELL!

Remember, that you are doing really well because you already know some English (you’re reading this blog post!), that is a big success! Keep up the good work!

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6. FOLLOW A BLOG

Following a blog or subscribing to emails about English can be beneficial in many ways: you get study tips and encouragement to continue learning.

You can also take in small chunks of information at a time by just focusing on an area of English that you feel you want to improve, and reading blogs about that topic only.

It helps to read articles and blogs about English and other people’s success stories, because believe it or not, you are not the first person to encounter such a problem. It really is possible to learn English well.

People come across obstacles all the time, and they usually manage to overcome them with a little bit of willpower. Here are some suggestions on useful blogs to read:

https://www.myenglishteacher.eu/blog/15-things-to-stop-doing-when-learning-english/

https://www.myenglishteacher.eu//plans-and-pricing/ (scroll down this page to read student testimonials.)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish

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7. SPEND SOME MONEY

Usually, if a person spends money on something, it is because they want to use or get enjoyment from it. For example, if you buy a football, you’ll probably want to go out and play with it! This can also be true for learning English.

If you want to increase your desire to learn, you should buy a new English book or pay for a quality English course with one of the best English teachers you can find (Click here to find out more)!

If you buy a book and decide after a while that you are losing your desire to read it all (maybe because you find it hard to understand), then you should – in the first few days of purchasing it – try to use any new words that you learn from it in conversation, or ask someone about it.

You will see that you are already learning something new, and this should encourage you to keep going and learn more!

8. TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS

You are always progressing. Set yourself reasonable targets, and when you meet those goals, reward yourself! Share your success with others: tell your friends or write a blog. Keep any certificates, test results or awards where you can see them!

9. TAKE ACTION

Remember that just reading about learning will not automatically improve your English; learning English requires action. If you read something inspirational – act on it. You will only be successful if you do something about what you read.

As the saying goes, ‘There’s no time like the present’. Don’t put it off; put those words into action NOW!

Now it’s your turn to tell me. How do you motivate yourself to keep learning English?

Post your message in the comments section below.

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Thank you so much for this article. This the best motivation to make me more confident to learn english. ☺

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You're very welcome! We're glad you found it helpful.