El Comienzo Mentalidad

Maintaining a Positive Mindset

Mantener una mentalidad positiva

These are tips to maintain a positive mindset for language learning. Positivity has been a huge factor in my success of getting to an A2 speaking level in Spanish this year.  I actively welcome positivity into my life. It makes me a happier language learner and a happier human in general. 

Tip #1 Have fun!

¡Que te diviertas!

Self-taught language learning is all about having fun and making it something that you look forward to doing. If you keep it fun and enjoyable then you are more likely to do it without reservation. 

It has been fun to meet native speakers, listen to interesting podcasts, and learn idioms. There’s so much to language learning that you are bound to find some of it enjoyable. 

Tip #2 Positive Mantras 

 Mantras Positivos

Welcome a positive, encouraging  inner voice  and ignore the inner critic by keeping positive mantras in mind. You can write a positive mantra and place it somewhere that you see everyday such as near your desk or on your to-do list. 

Positive mantras 

  • With time, I can learn anything.
  •  One step at a time. 
  • It’s possible. 
  • Everyday I am learning new pieces of this language puzzle. 
  • I am making progress.
  • I believe in my ability to succeed. 

Tip #3 Small accomplishments 

Pequeños logros

Celebrate the small accomplishments. Too often we think of the main goal that we are striving for without celebrating how far we have come. Did you complete your first Rocket Spanish lesson? Celebrate that. Did you maintain a seven day streak in the Duolingo app? Celebrate that. Did you understand a portion of Telemundo today? Celebrate that. Each small accomplishment should not go unnoticed. They are steps in the right direction. 

Tip #4 Notice and reinforce strengths

Observe y refuerce las fortalezas

I notice that I have the strength of using a new word immediately and creating my own sentences. When I learn a new word during conversation practice I start using it immediately in context and seek out more instances where I can use it.

For example, I asked my tutor what the word unusual is in Spanish one day and she said EXTRAÑO. I used it a few times that day which helped me to solidify the word in my mind. Que extraño – How unusual! Muy extraño – very unusual. Es un sentimiento extraño cuando sueño en español. – It is a unusual feeling when I dream in Spanish. Now, it is one of the words that I have in my vocabulary toolbox to describe something that is odd, unusual or strange.

I discovered that I am pretty good at creating my own sentences using the new word. My mind automatically likes to make connections like that between words and phrases that I already know and the new word, which is amazing. This is a strength that I have and I reinforce it by giving myself opportunities to learn new words this way.  

Tip # 5 Create your tribe 

Crea tu tribu

Find people who will help, guide,or support  you in your personal language learning journey. This may mean making new friendships, joining Facebook groups, and conversation meetups. Befriending and following social media accounts that help you to learn and stay motivated. It’s better when you have friends and mentors on your side, cheering for you. 

Sigue aprendiendo y sigue creciendo,

Rosa Janelle

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