We can get wrapped up in language study just like anything else in life and lost sight of the bigger picture. Whether you’re taking class, listening to podcasts, watching TV programs, reading books, etc., after awhile it can get tiresome. I’ve taken breaks in my Chinese studies myself because I just had other things I’d rather do than study. And I’m sure I will again.
If you’re in a similar situation, take some time to write something in your target language, and here’s the most important part, get direct feedback from somebody. Pick one of the suggestions from below and do it today! Then come back and tell me how it went.
- If you know a friend who actually replies in a timely fashion, send him/her an email or message saying, “Hey, what’s up? Here’s what I’ve been up to. What about you?”
- Pick a place where native speakers visit and write what’s been on your mind lately. Here, you can even use my forum for Japanese, if you want.
- Send a message or friend request to a native speaker on Lang-8 or if you have lots of friends already, write a journal entry.
- Write a comment on this post. If you’re learning Japanese or English, I promise to reply.
Sometimes, we forgot that the whole point of learning a language is to communicate with people. The reason why we talk or write is because we expect somebody (maybe even just ourselves) will listen or read what we have to say. We are social creatures and I guarantee you’ll feel better and maybe even excited about learning the language when you’re actually communicating with somebody. I know I did once I started getting comments and messages in Chinese on Lang-8.
Make sure to let me know in the comments what you’ve done today to communicate with somebody and how it felt!