I’m learning Korean right now and I really enjoy it but I don’t do it very often. I tell myself I will but I just keep procrastinating because I’m not motivated. Do you have any tips on self-motivation?

Blanka Hundt
Instead of searching for motivation from outside sources, seek inside by questioning yourself “why Iam learning this” “does this helps me to gain knowledge “ etc., be self starter & enjoy your learning

Lewis Roberts
I’m studying too. But sometimes, particularly if you’re learning a language, it can feel lonely. I’d suggest finding a Korean person who’d like to learn English and communicate and learn together. You’ll both be holding conversations in no time and you’ll feel more motivated when your learning is out into action.
Good luck!

Vernon Kim
You can try to stay motivated by using a fun learning tool (an app or video or flashcards). Try to make a plan with a goal about what you want to learn. Make learning a habit by doing it daily or multiple times a week and stick to your plan.

Tom Reynolds
I’m learning Portuguese and Spanish. Apps that track progress and reward my dedication bring out my competitive edge. Currently, I am on a 1390 streak.

Julien Vincent
It depends on what you want to study, but finding the right environment is key. Having good company is crucial; friends who are keen to study korean or if not, something else, in silence, or a quiet but well-used study area eg at the library, creates a community with a common purpose which helps focus (but perhaps free from distractions, preferably with no wifi, internet is often too distracting). Set your goals very very low, tell yourself you are just studying 5 minutes or whatever minutes you chose and you will find yourself 'accidentally' going over your alloted time! Bring some study material with you for times when you would otherwise have nothing to do and could get bored or irritated eg on the train, while you are waiting for appointments, bus, when you can't sleep etc. Learning through fun mediums such as through music, movies, and TV or by joining a korean club, or by learning idioms, jokes, lyrics, etc. will help make learning more fun.

Alberto Bowman
In your free-time, think like this. “I will spare my 1hour (Or any kind of period of time) to learn Korean.If I waste this time doing something else, I will regret it.If I learn Korean like this, I will be VERY happy in the end.” This will motivate you, I also recommend writing your goal on a piece of paper, start, and keep an distractions log.

Andy Borchardt
Think about why you’re learning it in the first place. Maybe it’s for a vacation- if so, think about how much more fun you will have when you can converse with local peoples. Maybe it’s to advance your career- if so, think about how good you will feel getting that raise. Maybe by only studying for a few random hours you’re telling yourself that this goal is not important enough to bother with. Try setting aside a set # of minutes to study each day instead of too much at once, mixing up your media between books, videos and audio files will keep you from getting bored.

Charlotte Olivier
Self-motivation doesn’t come alone. It’s something you have to create. So instead build a habit instead of self motivation. If you really enjoy the language set a time of the day in which you will focus only on this task. That’s your self-motivation. That’s pushing even though we don’t always feel that rush of motivation and inspiration, by building a habit you learn more than by self motivation.

Janis Barbosa
Identify the benefits, growth, betterment you will enjoy on completion. Indentify you’re difficulty, problems in learning. Find a solution that’s all. Your flight will start automatically.

Pat Knight
When I am trying to learn something, it helps me to keep in mind why I want to learn it. Further, I reserve one or more moments a week to learn it. So: remind yourself of the purpose and reserve a set moment every week.

Clément Colin
Set Yourself the Challenge of Translating Your To Do List
Simplify it
•Shopping
•Hospital

Or

Post It Everything Translated

Enjoy the learning experience

Becky Graham
I’m finding that promising small blocks of time is more motavating than large ones. I’ll schedule 10 minutes to studying, but then I’m already doing it and I like it so I might keep going for longer; or I might spend some time again later. This also gives me the chance to say, no I’m really worn out. I’d rather just relax after the 10 minutes are up. The most important part is to keep scheduling 10 minutes every day and do at least 10 minutes every day.

Hannah Coleman
Maybe set milestones and rewards, such as, if I study for 20h this month, buy a Korean book or movie that you want to enjoy

Kim Murray
Personally I would try to schedule short periods of study first to ease yourself back in. For example, I do 10 minutes of language study before bed – which I know is super short! But it’s a lot better than nothing (my previous routine). Maybe also think a bit about why this matters to you. Best of luck!

Sofie Sørensen
Log your progress. Count chapters or lessons and be aware of the amount of units done and units yet to be done. You'll love the indicator moving forward.

Maja Madsen
I have the same problem. I’m trying to lead German by myself but I’m having a really hard time committing to it. I think one way is to plan ahead the days of the week you will study Korean. I have a few apps that help people learn languages and they are very useful. So, every time I have a minute to spare I try to use them. 🙂

Amelia Hicks
Hou rekening, met je energie en tijdstip dat je iets motiveer, het moet realistische zij leven met gezin is druk. En vermoeiend, keuze in hobby en motivatie belangrijk

Pierre Clement
So there are several things you can do to help with this. My first suggestion is to eliminate barriers to your studying so that less motivation is required for you to focus. For example before you go to bed clear your desk and set out/open your study materials so that all you have to do is sit down and get to work. Additionally set low goals for study time such as only ten minutes. Being regular with studying is often more important than duration of study. Plus odds are once you get to work it will be easy to study for longer. Finally I suggest having a set time you regularly study prompted by a daily cue. I study every day first thing after I get home from work and hang up my coat. Hanging up my coat serves as the cue that it is study time. Plus, I do this so that I don’t get into relaxation mode and lose motivation. Often times there is little we can do to become more motivated. Rather we can set up our environments so that our efforts require less work. If you haven’t checked out James Clear’s writings/blog on this, you should. It’s helped me become considerably more productive.

Dionéia Rocha
I am learning French at the moment and found a similar problem, so I deleted all the games on my phone and replaced them with apps for self-improvement. I have a language app, fitness apps and other apps which help me to stay on track, so now when I have a spare 5 minutes instead of playing games I have no choice but to use one of these apps instead, which has greatly improved my French practise and means I have spent more time than I otherwise would have on lessons.

Stefania Kummer
The biggest thing for me is figuring out WHY I'm studying what I'm studying. For example, I really fell off the wagon studying Japanese before I had a definite date for my return to japan. If you have a friend or family member you can or need to study Korean to communicate that can be a great motivator. Coming up with and having a specific goal also helps – " I want to learn these ten vocab words by Friday", for example.
It's important for YOU to decide why you're studying Korean first tho, then the small steps can come from there

Virgílio Nascimento
This happens to me all the time, but if you say “Okay, now I’m going to do it, I don’t care if maybe I’m not in the mood, I’m gonna do it” and if you decide that it’s your duty and that you have to do it, then you can realise that you have to do it no matter what. One day, today or tomorrow you’ll have to do it. It won’t escape if you don’t do it one day.

Mechthilde Heyer
To me it sounds like you should write down all of the reasons learning Korean would be useful to you? Why did you want to learn Korean to begin with? Perhaps plan a trip to Korea or somewhere where you can speak Korean with others. This will give you motivation and accountability to practice

Eliott Garcia
Just try your best, think about all benefits you can get from learning it. Think big. Anything is possible. Don't give. Up. And remember that without consistency success won't be achieved