Set Goals For Language Learning
we now have our reasons on. We've now established how we best and how we appreciate prefer learning because we've filled in. We have our learner type Now, before we get to the really fun part. Well, actually, we do know we now we get to the real fun bar because we're going to embark on our language journey on. This is the section that I like to refer to are setting goals or to be more specific and a bit psychological. They're being true to yourself because, as I pointed out, before learning a language involves, it's a psychological process. We have toe internalize quite a few things, but this part of the class is really we have. As I said, we have our learning types. We know why we're doing this. But what is our aim? And this might sound a bit self explanatory as well. Why are we actually here? Well, we need to have a clear understanding and be able to analyze what we truly want from this. Is it to be conversational in this new language, animals time? Does it have to be that we have to...
learn this language within a month? And I think most people would find that that experience extremely daunting, not only put off by it, but find incredibly intimidating and impossible. So maybe it's where we want to learn. We want to be able to read us TSG in Russia, and we want toe. Understand? Why does the SG wrote that in Russian and why it was translated in English and they don't maybe makes sense all the time. Sometimes they do. Sometimes they don't. Maybe it's also, and this is a very, very interesting reason for me is to Maybe you want to reconnect with your roots that you had family and ancestors from different parts of the globe, and you feel that you'd like to reconnect with them and their past and appreciate and understand your past a bit more and maybe going to take part in the gathering in a meeting where you'll need to learn the language or need to be able to speak the language. Or maybe it's even to read about what happened to your ancestors, for example, in the archives toe. Understand where they came from, what they were doing, and you could only access that information because it's not in the languages that we speak. So just like reasons. Once again, there are equally as many purposes or goals that we can list here and again. They're also very, very personal. Some of those might just have one goal might want have one thing that we want to take away from this, and this is going to be our objective. Most of us will have more than one on any given time, so goals can also change. But the outstanding the essential goal will always remain the same for the language that we're learning. It will follow on from the reason why we've decided to learn on knowing the goal will help us inevitably, to set priorities on again. Know what we truly want to get out of our journey on what we want to discover on our journey. So why do we need to do this before we start learning the language? Because we need to understand. We need to understand our goal, so I'll give you a short example. And it says here Black of goal leads to a lack of motivation is something that I've encountered very often, and I still continue to encounter is when people, many people tell me that they've always wanted to learn a language, and then I've even just started to learn one. So my first question, after congratulating them, saying Hey, congratulations, well done. That's a great idea. And then it's why. What's your goal? She what you want? What? What do you want to get out with this on a lot of the time, I never get an answer. They look at me thinking Spanish. Yeah, Spanish is for me. Why, I don't know. Now not knowing your goal are not having a goal. Means that there's nothingto work to. There's nothing to look forward to. There's nothing that you ain't to get out of this. It messes up with your time. It frustrates you when you realize that you what you wanted to do is let you know where, and you're no way near reaching what you set out to do in the first place. And it leaves you feeling discouraged, frustrated, annoyed. In the worst case, you hate the language. You'll never look at that book again. You'll put that up down. You may be destroyed. Your fault. They don't want you to do that. I don't want to get, but what you do one and it would like you at home and here in the studio is to spend two or three minutes just jotting down to think about and write down your goal or goals. Because, as I said, it's not just one goal on sometimes, and so feel free to note them down in the workbook. I'm You can discuss a few of them after we've we've done this activity. And as I said, Goal or Hagel, our goals are always personal, and we can usually combine them to, just like we cannot learner types. So, for example, I want to learn, say as much Spanish that I could possibly can for my next vacation in two months. Time on the icing on the cake would be being able to order my food in a restaurant whilst I'm there for my birthday. Simple as it doesn't have to be the elaborate, but that's just a quick example of how that goal could lead onto another thought. Andi, I'd be very interested to hear about what you guys have been thinking about this on, but what your personal goals are on Uh, yeah, I'm really, really looking forward to hear from. Basically, it's a family thing. My daughter in law is from Mexico, and I'm in her home, but often, actually here in San Francisco. And I would like to be ableto speak a little mawr to her fans, specially like her mother, who does not speak English. And we hope to take another trip to her hometown in Mexico. And the first time I went, my six year old grandson was translated. I would like to be able to to talk to the people myself in this little town, So that's lovely. As you know, when your next journey is. No, I don't. But I'm looking forward to I want to do it again this time be able to talk up to the people that myself. Yeah, because once you set that, do anything this time those brilliant thank you. Thank you for that Anyone else? Well, originally, I said I wanted to learn Arabic. My dad speaks Arabic and he's old, So be fun to get beyond the food and counting to 10 and then because the refugees coming in. And it seemed I love teaching people English, so it seemed like being able to understand some Arabic. Maybe I could help people and potentially travel on Speak Arabic? Well, next. So when you do start learning Arabic, I learned Maltese, which, funny enough, I don't if anyone knows about Maltese, this language that's spoken on the Mediterranean island on the island of Malta. While there are three islands Malta, Gozo in a smaller community on mountain al dish in Arabic, the Maltese multi is actually in Arabic dialect. It was a dialect of Arabic that arrived in Malta over 1000 years ago, and over the course of the last few centuries has Bean has incorporated many, many Italian words. We'll see this actually later because I preferred, if you preferred, if you exercise is far for you, all in Maltese. But I'm guessing that at some point, if you were to speak to me in Arabic, then I could speak to you back in Maltese, and we got to be able to understand each other quite well. So that could be the another. Goal is, well, answers online, Matthew. So someone says my husband is Russian. He is fluent in English, but I want to learn tow, watch the Russian movies with, um listen to Russian music and I can understand it. And I've been to read I would like to read Russian stories and another commenter, Chris Merchants, as I long to read Dante in the original Italian. That's brilliant. I go. I think this is a very English British word. If I were to say That's lovely, I guess you guys don't say that, uh, lovely writing from That's a lovely you So great. Well, thank you for that is very, very, very inspiring to hear that. And then I did mention that we were talking about cycle of psychology and psychological elements. Now there is a psychological element to how we learn, and I think the most important aspect I would like to share with you today. There are several like a chair, but I think the biggest one is something that we call Golden and Pygmalion. Now if we look at the Golan, the golden effect, as it's called in psychology now the golden effect is a perception that we are going to do. We're going to fail. We're going to fail because we've been told that we will never, ever attain what we want be because of our personal expectations, societal expectations. But the's expectations that somehow are floating around these inevitably within being lower because we're made to feel that their lower will lead to lower performance, I can assure you that is, well, that is what and will happen. And it's a self fulfilling prophecy, and it's a vicious circle because it goes round. You're told you can't do it. It internalizes itself. You say you can't do it, and then you end up not doing it because you think and your assure that you will never be able to learn and for language learning, it's exactly the same, we're told, or we have the feeling we've given this feeling. Maybe we don't have it ourselves. Maybe we actually think at some point, yeah, I can actually language. I'm not stupid. I'm not unable to do it. But the feeling be a school, our surrounding environment, Andi, our maybe our self perception, our mentality, and if it's low and we don't think that we're going to do it and it sounds really simple, but it couldn't be more simpler. The truth is, if we don't have high expectations of ourselves and instill these high expectations in others, then we inevitably will. Will we're doomed to fail. It sounds negative, but it's really that simple. So how can we get rid of Golden? We don't want to be gold and we want to be Pygmalion. Pygmalion is the opposite, having high expectations from the beginning and this doesn't mean being overconfident. It doesn't mean being arrogant. It doesn't mean being full of yourself. It means that you expect on others. Expect that you will lead. You will go on to do something good to do something correctly. I mean Everton Ble. This will lead to high, higher performance. This will lead to you succeeding in what you're doing. Because you believe in yourself, you expect that you're able to take on the task that you've been given or you've selected on. People feel that you will manage to do it. They encourage you and you encourage yourself and just like go. It's a self fulfilling prophecy in this case is not a vicious circle, but it's a circle because it goes around, its fall is complete, and once we internalize our self confidence in enabling to feel confident and instilling within ourselves, then this will inevitably lead to are succeeding at any task. We on the take and this is exactly the same with learning languages. We need to feel psychologically clear, able and convinced of undertaking what we're doing. And I would like to leave this with you and say I believe in you. You will go on to do this. We will lock it techniques in order to help us to go about this the best way possible. And you will perform. You will master and they hope it won't be wondering. Would you go on to lead? But three, at least let's say 30 K