Helping Learners Understand Spoken English

Language Learning Mindset

Language learning can be a wonderful thing. Language learning can also be a not so wonderful thing. The difference lies in your mindset and beliefs.

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From Limited Mindset to Growth Mindset

A limited mindset is one steeped in fear. When we fear failure or judgement or looking foolish, we prefer to say inside our comfort zone. Growth happens outside our comfort zone, so it is necessary to push past our fears.

If fear and worry are holding you back from advancing, it’s time for a shift in mindset. Stop worrying about your English not being good enough. Start taking steps to improve it. Small, regular actions lead to steady improvement.

Related reading – Mindset: A Key to Improvement

Overcome Fear of Mistakes

Be proud of the effort you make to learn and communicate in another language! It might be one of the most challenging things you ever do, and the fact that you’re doing it is amazing.

There is no reason to feel embarrassed or ashamed about mistakes. Mistakes are how we learn and improve anything that we do. Whether learning to play an instrument or dribble a basketball between our legs, mistakes are a normal part of the process. Mistakes are valuable sources of information. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Related reading – Embrace Mistakes in Language Learning

It does not matter if English is not your first language. You have a right to use it.

English belongs to you as much as it does to native speakers.
Speak whatever words you can with pride.

The Role of Motivation

Think about your reason for learning English. Without sufficient motivation, we don’t do things even if we think we want to. It’s important to identify your motivation and keep it high. Perhaps you seek career advancement. Perhaps English is the key to opening the door to new opportunities. If your motivation is high enough, you’ll push past your fears.

Related reading – Motivation: Stop Waiting for It

open the door: to make it possible for something to happen

With the right mindset, motivation, and a plan of action, you’ll progress further along the road to success in language learning.

Never stop learning!