I’m not a LingQ admin, therefore I cannot crown any of my students with laurel wreaths on their avatars, but I feel I must write something on Nikolay ( Login - LingQ ), by far the most active Italian learner here on LingQ. I hope this suffices. Why is Nikolay such a successful Italian learner?
1 - He is not reluctant to invest (lots of) money in his learning (conversations + LingQ membership + books + subscriptions to Italian newspapers)
2 - He is perseverant. He started learning Italian when LingQ’s Italian library was still in an embryonic stage, yet he stuck to his decision.
3 - He makes (fewer and fewer) mistakes and laughs over them. He knows they are perfectly normal and essential to improvement.
4 - He clearly feels a very powerful cultural affinity with Italian, which goes far beyond utilitarian reasons.
5 - He enjoys his languages, especially Italian, also by travelling.
6 - He is audacious. He started booking conversations very early in his study of Italian.
7 - He is realistic. He knows one cannot become “fluent in 3 months.”
9 - He is meticulous. He doesn’t hate grammar altogether, he sporadically studies it.
10 - He is tough. A cold or a fever won’t stop him from having a conversation in Italian with a tutor.
WISHFUL THINKING ALERT: If only all language students were like Nikolay, language barriers would cease to exist.