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Language learning is an arduous process, but I hope that my content continues to be helpful and educational in 2018!!!!
When starting a new year or a new language it is always a good idea to create some goals. Here are my tips for making study goals for the year or just in general.
1. Be Realistic About Your Timeline
Before you make any goals, look up how long it typically takes to gain fluency in whatever language you’re studying. If you’re studying a critical language, like Chinese or Japanese, know that your studies can take 5+ years. Knowing how long it takes gives you realistic expectations for the year. It will also keep you from expecting too much from yourself.
2. Make VERY specific goals
Try to avoid goals like, ‘Master French’ or ‘Become conversationally fluent’ because those are ambiguous and a little too ambitious. Instead, aim for smaller more specific and achievable goals like ‘read Harry Potter in Italian’ or ‘watch 10 movies entirely in French’ or ‘write a 15 page paper about politics in Chinese’ or ‘understand 20 Korean reality show episodes with your favorite k-pop stars in it’ or ‘have four 10 minute conversations entirely in Japanese’ or ‘learn 10,000 words’ or ‘learn 50 poems’ or ‘learn 80 idioms’, you get it. These are good goals because they are measurable and have a definite point of completion. You can then aim your studying to accomplish these goals.
3. Hourly Tracking Goals
One thing that make be helpful is setting how many hours a month you’d like to be studying. So for example, if you study 5 hours a week, that’s about 15-20 hours a month of study. It may be helpful to have a cool chart or something to help you keep track of how many hours you want to study per month and make sure you stay on track. Your hours of study per week depends on your study intensity. I talk about that in my previous post about creating a study schedule.
4. Discipline Yourself but Don’t Force Yourself
Discipline is important. Very important, but some days you just WON’T feel like studying and that’s okay! Schedule your studies another day or try studying another time in the day that you typically feel more productive. The goal is to not burn yourself out or make studying into a gruesome slug fest. You shouldn’t have to slug through it, you should enjoy it!
5. Make Goals that Align With Your Other Interests
The best way to make sure you accomplish your goals is to make sure you are aligning them with things you historically like to do anyway. If you like music, make a few goals that mix your love of language with your love of language like learning to sing 20 songs, or reading articles about music production in your language.
6. Keep a Goal Tracker
Either your artsy and draw one for yourself or you find one online, make sure you have a way to track your goals. Obviously, they have to be trackable, which I mention above, but you also have to do your part and track them. Make sure to do a check in at the end of the month (or week) and update your tracker. I do recommend making your tracker look pretty because you’re gonna be looking at it for a year. Might as well throw in a few colors and swirlies.
Hope that helps! Good luck in your studies!!!