The Language Union
Handling stress when trying to learn a new language
Booking a language course can often be pricey, and especially when you consider the costs of traveling and accommodation. Naturally, when investing a lot of money into learning a new skill, you want to make sure that you get the most out of your valuable time.
This can of course lead to a lot of stress if you feel that you don't improve as fast as you would like to. Starting your journey with a relaxed mindset is therefore important, and we'll hopefully be able to help you achieving this.
First and foremost, it's pivotal to understand that everyone learns in their own pace. You should never compare your own progress with others. Often, you learn and improve without even realizing it yourself. You may not feel any development, but your teachers will - trust us on this!
A point that we brought up in last weeks blog is that a lot, if not most of the learning occurs outside of school. Thus, you should always relax and allow the learning to come naturally. A healthy and peaceful mind will help you to focus and remember what you have learned.
Also remember that you are not only on a language trip to learn, but you are also there to have fun!
Plan fun activities after school with your classmates or join the social programmes. Go on day trips around the country and check out different events.
In other words, keep yourself occupied and have a blast!
Lastly, never be afraid to talk to your teachers or classmates if you need support. Talking with people about how you feel can help. If you are not feeling well, don't keep it to yourself.
Being stressed is normal and happens to all of us. What matters however is how you handle it, and hopefully you will be a bit more prepared before your upcoming language trip abroad after reading this!