It’s really easy to get discouraged when you’re learning a new language. You watch people around you progress and it feels as if you haven’t grown at all. Maybe you all started together or maybe they were people who were beginners just like you that you met along the way… whoever they are to you, you may feel that they’ve become more advanced and you’re just stuck in the “waiting place”.
Don’t. Stop right there.
You have come a long way! Ask yourself, how much of what you know now did you know when you first started? You know so much more now than you did then and that in itself is commendable! Always focus on the good of your journey. Think of your accomplishments and remember, you can only go up from here!
Don’t stop trying!
You may have a conversation that’s just a bust! You tried and you hardly understood a word!
You won’t know everything and nobody expects you too. They expect you to try and they truly appreciate your effort. I, too, at times get discouraged and wonder if I’ll ever progress and then I remember something and that is this advice that was given to me when I first began learning Korean.
“Even if you only learn like 10-15% of Korean, that’s good enough. Why? Because nobody knows everything about their own native language so how can they expect you to learn everything as a foreigner?”
And if you don’t believe me, think of all the words and Grammar principles in your Native language that you know and understand. It’s probably about 10-25% of the language.
For example, in English, there are thousands of English words and hundreds of Grammar principles. The average English speaker probably knows about 300-500 of those words and will more than likely use about 50-100 of the words that they know on a regular basis. And as far as Grammar goes, the average English speaker only knows the basic Grammar principles. And that applies to any language! I highlighted English because English is my first language, Korean will be my second.
So remember, keep trying. Keep practicing. Don’t give up!
If you can read in Korean, you can most definitely learn to write and speak in Korean. Because as the saying goes, “if you can read, you can do anything!”
We have reached the end of this series for the Summer. The Foreign Language Tip series is one that I decided to make more of a seasonal thing. I’ll pick it back up again Late Fall, so be on the look out for new Foreign Language Tip posts around November! It was a lot of fun but I think I covered a lot of information to help you out. I gotta change it up a bit for next season right?
Foreign Language Tip series will return in November.