How can anyone remain motivated to learn a language when the effort takes so long and seems so difficult? In my opinion, to maintain motivation, you should do two things: keep it ‘real’ and add variety.
‘Keeping-it-real’ means using the language for a real purpose. For example, find other friends, family members, or native speakers to speak English with every day. This is a daily reminder that English is not just a subject to be studied to pass a test. Instead, it is a means of communication, a way to meet others and to expand your horizons.
Adding variety can be done in many ways. One way is to use ‘podcasts’, which are files available on the Internet that can be downloaded to your MP3 player. There are thousands of free podcasts for learning English, so you can find one on a topic that interests you and at level that suits your ability, download it, and listen any time you like.
Variety can also be added by using your favorite English movies. Find a 2 or 3 minute segment of your favorite movie and watch it in Japanese. Then watch it in Japanese with English subtitles. Next, watch the segment in English, first with English subtitles and finally without subtitles. This method not only helps you learn lots of useful words and phrases that native speakers really use, but also helps you improve your listening skill.
In conclusion, if you can find ways to keep it real and add variety to your study, you will be able to keep going when others give up. So, give it a try!
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