The Mindset of Successful Language Learners

When we think of successful language learners, the first question to usually pop into people’s minds is: What method are they using? What apps or teachers? What should I use to learn X language?

The number one question though, that should be asked is how do they think? What are their beliefs? Because whether or not you are able to achieve your language goals, just like any other goals for that matter, all has to do with your core beliefs and nothing to do with your mother tongue or IQ.

I recently interviewed the world-famous polyglot, Luca Lampariello, where we discussed why the polyglots we surrounded ourselves with, were not only successful in acquiring foreign languages but also had success across a range of areas within their lives; business, education, relationships, fitness etc. We found that it all came down to their core-beliefs.

In the video we go in-depth about Luca’s self-development journey, what lessons changed his life and how he viewed learning and goal-setting which you can find here:

The key points of value I want to give to you from my own life are the following, and these are beliefs that I feel fundamentally to the core of who I am and that allow me to live in a state of calm, keep growing, stay motivated and have a positive attitude towards making mistakes.

  1. Have a growth mindset. How can you know how hard something might be or how long it will take, what the process will be like if you have never done it? When you set a goal for yourself, tell yourself that you will work on it UNTIL you reach it, not if you reach it. A growth mindset, compared to a fixed mindset, embraces challenges, allows you to persist despite them and sees a point of learning and growth behind every hurdle.
  2. Be curious. Ask yourself – well, what if I checked out this channel? What if I tried something different this week? Learning happens through whatever strikes your interest and keeps you focused. Why would you stick to a book or video that is boring you to death? Seek out different learning resources to enrich your experience!
  3. Learn about yourself. You don’t need to get a psychology degree but learning about yourself, exploring areas like personal-development, brain psychology, sociology etc. will do you wonders! If you navigate through life not knowing yourself, you will always be in a reactive state rather than being able to impact and change your own circumstances. When you are self-aware, you are able to understand how you learn best, why you are interested in the things that take your fancy and can be more effective and aligned all-round.
  4. Constantly update your skills! Learning is a life-long task so be ready to continuously learn, grow and challenge yourselves! If you find that you aren’t learning new things, take an honest look at your environment and daily habits. Are you surrounding yourself with things that will help you grow or that are limiting you?
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