Do you ever come across a bottleneck situation in your language learning endeavor?

It's easy to say, "I am gonna learn a new language because it's cool to be a multilingual Or maybe it will keep me out of the Alzheimer's!" It is easy to choose a language as there are thousands of languages out there. It is easier to learn the alphabets, words, sentence construction if you spend some of your valuable time. However, in our journey, we come to a juncture where we get confused asking ourselves questions like, "Now what?" Or "What do I need to do exactly?", "How can I be fluent?", "Should I be more focused on Grammar or should I read a novel?" and many more...

That's what I call a bottleneck situation in language learning which I think people might be experiencing in their language learning journey. 

How do you get rid of this bottleneck problem? How do you keep rekindling your interest and fight with that feeling of "That's enough, let'me give up!"?

Any of your stories related to your language learning endeavor would be greatly appreciated!

Keep learning, happy learning:)

May 7, 2019 3:04 PM
Comments · 4
Well, "bottleneck" is when you're passing some very narrow passage. I think when applied to language it could mean that someting is "limited". Your options? 
I think Troglodyte means: you ideas are limited:)

Troglodyte, this never occured to me.

‘Cheshire Puss,’ she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider. ‘Come, it’s pleased so far,’ thought Alice, and she went on. ‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’

‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.

‘I don’t much care where —’ said Alice.

‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.

‘— so long as I get somewhere,’ Alice added as an explanation.

‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.’

Alice felt that this could not be denied, so she tried another question. ‘What sort of people live about here?’
May 7, 2019

Hi Troglodyte,

you have a very good question. I wouldn't name this situation or problem as a bottleneck, but it doesn't matter.

In my learning journey, I have come over the situation like this many times. I think the reason is that we possibly don't have a professional teacher who will guide our studies and we need to choose what to do by ourselves. If you have a low level of the target language any teacher can help you. The real problem starts when you have an intermediate or advanced level. In this situation, a teacher can't help you, because it is a fine work, and nobody knows you and your goals better than you. Only you can solve the problem.

    What I do is I speak with a lot of other learners and ask them how they reach the goals that similar to mine.

I hope it help will you.

May 7, 2019
I feel exactly the same, what you described. Even about fear of Alzheimer. ) And I really don't know how to solve this problem, only as to go to US and put yourself in situation where you need to survive and become fluent very fast. But I have no opportunity and a little chicken about this idea. )
May 8, 2019

Thank you so much Val and Drasvi for your opinion and info! Indeed great to know about your perspective:)

Drasvi, haha I am sure most of the mathematicians are quite cable of finding a new equation if they come across any bottleneck situation:D

May 8, 2019
Language Skills
Akan Twi, English, Esperanto, German, Other, Persian (Farsi), Russian, Spanish
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Akan Twi, English, Esperanto, German, Persian (Farsi), Russian, Spanish