I’ve been quite focused on learning French on LingQ for two months now. I’ve come a long way, but I regularly find myself getting a little frustrated. I wanted to share my ideas about dealing with that frustration, and also ask the rest of you for your advice.
Finding content that is close enough to your level where you can understand the context without being overwhelmed with too many unknowns is super important, and finding content at that level that actually interests you is extremely important. I’ve created some lists, and when I come across content that’s interesting but is too advanced, I add it to a “come back to this course later” list.
Sometimes if you’re feeling stuck or frustrated, just put studying aside for a bit and go do something else. If you’re tired, frustrated or unfocused, the learning isn’t going to stick.
When you’re frustrated or feel like you’ve run out of interesting material that’s at your level in LingQ, try something that might at first seem a little too simple, but something that looks like fun. It might be a simple little story with a funny twist - a story that might amuse you if you heard it in your mother tongue. That bit of amusement gives a shot of oxytocin, and so does the feeling of reviewing a lesson that you don’t have to struggle with. Those moments get you back in the groove.
One thing I haven’t been able to master is repetition. Doing the same lesson multiple times just removes all the fun for me and I’d rather be doing nearly anything else. I know that repetition is super helpful for many people though - any advice on how to make repetition fun and engaging? Or better yet, does anyone have any workarounds?
I could keep going forever, but I’ll end with one other thing. You’re looing for sweet spots. You want the area where you’re not pushing too hard that you get burnt out, and you’re not taking it too easy that you’re making progress. Look at what you’ve accomplished - slowly, bit by bit, day by day - instead of what you don’t yet know or what you can’t yet do.
That’s it for now! How do you keep the stress and frustration out of your language learning?