One of the most common mistakes people make when learning English is underestimating how long it will take. It is generally said that children naturally learn a language. Still, they are often very young and learn to form sentences and expand their vocabulary simultaneously as they discover their mother tongue. In addition, unlike us, French adults or teenagers, they are not afraid of making mistakes; they go for it! Learning English is a long-term goal. Be patient and indulgent with yourself. Staying motivated for months or years is a significant challenge, but it’s essential if you want to master the language with fundamental English course (ปรับ พื้นฐาน ภาษา อังกฤษ which is the term in Thai).
Here are some tips to keep you motivated:
- Do activities or games that you like to do, but in English. If you have fun while speaking English, you will be less likely to give up. Follow your passions.
- Get into the habit of speaking English and make it part of your daily life (TV shows, books, music, websites). The less you think about it, the more you will use it daily, automatically, and will strengthen your vocabulary and improve your use of grammar significantly.
- Keep a learning journal. Write down what you do to progress daily and improve your language skills. Note milestones like your first English movie without subtitles, your first meeting in English, or your first date with an English speaker.
- Award yourself prizes for achieving specific goals. The prices can be small or large—a new shirt, a restaurant outing, a trip to London, etc. Your brain is hardwired to sense what kinds of activities get you rewards. This will automatically motivate you to learn the language.
- Keep track of the numbers, and don’t give up. Remember this: learning English is always worth it! It always seems impossible until it is realized.