Series Introduction: Motivation March

This is the introduction to my “Motivation March” series. I think this will be one of the most important set of articles I’ll write on the site because it addresses one of the main reasons people give up on their language goals: lack of motivation.

And to really help motivate you, I’ve got a giveaway courtesy of the very generous folks at Tuttle Publishing, who specialize in Asian-interest books and maps. Details of the giveaway are below. [***Note: The giveaway is over***] 

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Okay, on January 1, did you resolve to learn a new language? If so, have you been sticking to your resolution?

It’s now March, two months later, and this is a great time to assess how you’re doing. If you’ve fallen off the horse, don’t feel guilty or embarrassed or ashamed, if for no other reason than the fact that none of that will get you any closer to your goal.

Instead, start taking small steps toward your goal, because small victories soon lead to big ones. It’s only March. If you start (or restart) now, you can still make excellent progress this year.

With Motivation March, I want to help you get the right mindset to build on those small steps, to keep going, and to get to where you want to be.

In the past, I’ve talked about how the “secret” to learning any language is persistent effort. Work hard, work often, and stick to it for the long term and you are almost guaranteed success. It might not come right away, but it will come someday.

Something I’ve asked myself is, why do people have such a hard time giving that persistent effort? Why do some people stick with it and others give up?

The best answer I can come up with: motivation.

When you’re truly motivated, you work hard, pay attention, give it your best effort, and keep at it, day in and day out.

I’ve discussed this subject in the past and talked about my own struggles with staying motivated, but honestly, I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface. Throughout the rest of March, scattered among my other articles, I’m going to put out four articles that deal with the subject of motivation as it pertains to language learning.

Stay tuned! I really think this can help you with your language learning.

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All right, the giveaway. There are three prizes up for grabs, to three different winners:

Pretty cool, right? Free books for people learning Japanese, Tagalog, and/or Korean. Tuttle is really awesome for doing this.

Doesn’t cost any money to enter. The giveaway starts March 3, 2015 at midnight EST and ends Friday, March 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm EST.

To enter, simply follow these instructions: the Motivational March giveaway at Rafflecopter

Good luck!

  • http://www.teenjazz.com/ Shannon Kennedy

    I enjoy the material Tuttle puts out – I have a few of their Mandarin books. Thanks for hosting this giveaway and the March Motivation series!

    • http://www.languagesurfer.com/ Ron G.

      It’s my pleasure! Tuttle really does look like it has some good products. Hopefully these books help some people with their language learning.

  • http://fluenthistorian.com/ Natalie

    YES YES YES. I have nothing to add with this comment because I agree with you so much about persistent effort being necessary to learn a language.

  • http://runawaydaydreamer.com/ Runaway Daydreamer

    Hey there, Claire here.

    Now that I’m back into blogging I couldn’t be happier to read this awesome post on your blog. It was truly motivating and I’m sure I will enjoy the March Motivation series. It comes at the perfect time, actually.

    To answer those questions…

    “Okay, on January 1, did you resolve to learn a new language?” YES!

    “If so, have you been sticking to your resolution?” Uh, not really…

    I won’t tell you which one, but my target language is included in the giveaway (fingers crossed!). Thanks for hosting it and thanks for keeping up this blog – a true source of inspiration.

  • http://runawaydaydreamer.com/ Chiara Grandola

    Hey there, Claire here.

    Now that I’m back into blogging I couldn’t be happier to read this awesome post on your blog. It was truly motivating and I’m sure I will enjoy the March Motivation series. It comes at the perfect time, actually.

    To answer those questions…

    “Okay, on January 1, did you resolve to learn a new language?” YES!

    “If so, have you been sticking to your resolution?” Uh, not really…

    I won’t tell you which one, but my target language is included in the giveaway (fingers crossed!). Thanks for hosting it and thanks for keeping up this blog – a true source of inspiration.

    • http://www.languagesurfer.com/ Ron G.

      Hey, Claire! I’m glad to see you’re back into blogging and I’m looking forward to checking out your posts.

      “a true source of inspiration” <— That's so nice of you, and great to hear. And it's only March…great time to turn 2015 into a year where you can really make some progress with your new secret language. :)