Sometimes when I’m learning a language, I have the impression that I’m not making any progress and that I’ll never be fluent. I feel like I’m going to stay in a beginner level and never be able to read a book or watch a Tv shows without help. I have a really bad habit to only see the difficulties like I won’t be able to pass through them, like I’m not good to pass through. I also have the tendency to want to be good right away, which is impossible. All those habit are really hard to stop and can really discourage me.
When I first start learning Korean, the first year was really great I was always feeling like I was learning new things. Since a few months, I don’t know why, but I constantly have the impression that I’m not making any progress. (Of course the fact that I’m not really constant in my studies isn’t helping XD) When in fact, I’m nearly always getting better and learning new words. I’m just forgetting that I’m learning and I’m forgetting how much works and effort that I’ve made to get where I am.
As I’ve started learning Japanese a year and a half ago and as I’ve learned Chinese for a year, I can see that I’m not a beginner anymore in Korean. When I think of it, I’m able to say and understand all the things learning in Japanese when it comes to Korean. Things that are still hard in Japanese are now easy for me in Korean. Seeing this made me realize, I’m way better in Korean than I thought or wanted to think before. Of course I still have a long road to go be advances in Korean and I’m going to face a lot of difficulties to get there, but I hope that instead of discouraging myself I’ll be able to look back to how far I went until there. It’s sometimes way easier to discourage yourself and not try harder to get through difficulties.
Nothing is more easy than stare at something difficult and just convince yourself you’ll never be able to do it, at least for me. I really need to learn to be less harsh on myself and appreciate all the work I’ve done to get to the point I am. I’m totally conscient it’s easier to say than to do, but I’ll keep working to change that.
I’m sure I’m not the only one to be harsh on myself like that. So if you feel like you’re not improving look back at when you first started to learn korean or anything else. You’ll realize how much you’ve learned since then.