How to Make Language Learning a Part of Your Daily Routine?
rdearman wrote:So how do you do it?
EDIT: How did you make it a habit? Do you get up earlier, do you always study after you have a shower? Do you always study after they go to bed?
I don't enjoy playing videogames or things in video format (shows, YouTube) much, nor have any social media aside from a couple language-related places (like this forum), so somehow I don't find it too hard to basically fill most of my free time with language-related activities (or linguistics reading, but I wouldn't count that as language learning really). I squeeze study time during my commute, during breaks at work (unless I'm talking pleasantries with my coworkers), and then get home and just do more of it... An odd lifestyle maybe, and one that sometimes creates some feelings of being left out since I tend not to know the current shows, movies or the current controversial news when people talk about them, but oh well, I enjoy it.
How do you keep doing it every day? How do you keep your motivation high?
I can't really explain my motivation... Maybe I could say languages are just that much of an aesthetic experience to me.
Carmody wrote:Well, I think one major omission to this conversation is the absence of discussion of how to keep one's significant other happy while pouring all this time into language study.
I believe an extensive amount of subtle social engineering is necessary to put the hours in on the one hand while at the same time keep others happy.
My trick is to only date other language learners... You don't need to justify language study time and practice time to someone who is similar. I find that it works and that them being a language learner is enough even if you don't have any target languages in common.