There are some pretty traditional ideas on learning a language. You can spend seven years learning French in high school, only to go to France and say ‘oui’.
And as adults, we think a night language class is our only option. We don’t have time and energy.
Truly, there are so many options out there. But ultimately, you need to do what’s best for you.
Give yourself permission to say, ‘this isn’t for me’ but then get ready to look for what learning style suits you. Go for it.
I have recently realised that group classes don’t suit my needs. I learn quickly and need to voice my understanding. A group class doesn’t meet those needs. It’s okay to put your hand up and say that’s not for me.
Here’s a way to start thinking about yourself as a learner…
1.Take some time to reflect on the things you do in your day naturally, and consider how you can change it to add some language learning.
2. Reflect on what you liked and didn’t like about primary and high school. What kinds of activities did you enjoy? You can recreate these situations for yourself.
3. How do you get things done? Do you schedule set, consistent chunks of time or do you break the task up into lots of little parts to be done frequently?
Go forth and find your style. You know yourself better than anyone.
Let me know if you have recently discovered something about yourself as a learner in the comments below.