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More Than Motivation: How Language Learning Is Like Life

Language learning is many things, but sometimes we forget the most essential part -- the human element. Thinking about the challenges of learning in terms of real life experiences can help put difficulties in perspective and reveal new ways of progressing. Consider these reflections from a seasoned teacher on how to rejuvenate your learning.

Sep 24, 2016 12:00 AM
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Thank you, Alvin, for the kind feedback. And for the interesting quotes!! Especially Spinoza's: "Woe to the student/learner who learns something for something else's sake." Although it is frequent in life that we have to learn something for other purposes, I do consider it a pleasure, and ideal, maybe, if we are free to learn something because we simply find it beautiful, thrilling, worthwhile.
April 9, 2017

No wonder a man as proud as Goethe would write <Studie nach Spinoza>. Comparing himself to the unrelenting Sisyphus in Gesprach mit Goethe, the mighty poet understood too well what this meant: "omnia præclara tam difficilia quam rara sunt."

A scathing caricature Goethe wrote indeed, when his Mephistopheles mocked the philistine Schüler in the scene <Studierzimmer> 

To conclude, take a look at how Doktor Faust rebuked Wagner:

"Das Pergament, ist das der heil'ge Bronnen,

Woraus ein Trunk den Durst auf ewig stillt?

Erquickung hast du nicht gewonnen,

Wenn sie dir nicht aus eigner Seele quillt."

March 17, 2017

Considering even Goethe admitted his limited grasp of English in his letters to Thomas Carlyle, I salute your clear English prose!

You have pointed your finger at the problem of learning."Lætitia est hominis transitio a minore ad majorem perfectionem."

Spinoza said this so well. Woe to the student/learner who learns something for something else's sake. No mastery of anything is possible without self-imposed perfection

March 17, 2017

Thanks for this beautiful article.


October 5, 2016

It's a very interesting article, and it has got me thinking.

I sometimes see articles on grammar points (about Russian), either on this site or elsewhere, and feel it's more than I want to know. That tends to cause me some nagging doubts about my commitment to learning, but I don't think it should do. You are right about needing to make choices. I am teaching myself, and so I am in the role of both teacher and student. My job as teacher is to construct a suitable and balanced study programme for myself, and my job as student is to follow that programme.

September 29, 2016
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