I’ve been mentally compiling a list of the things that make language learning fun and (sometimes) easier for me. This is certainly not the definitive word on how to learn language. It is just a compilation of some things that have worked for me and that comfortably fit my personality and learning style.
I’m the kind of person that quakes inside at Total Physical Response language lessons. I’m way too self conscious and easily embarrassed to actually be able to remember new things by engaging my whole body in the learning process. So the things I share in this series of posts will be some of the things that do work for me.
If you really want to learn a language then I think it helps to have a strong affective or emotional attachment to that language. One way is to make the language a part of one’s own identity or story; it becomes a part of one’s life narrative.
Although I had never articulated it like this before, Suzanne summarizes the underlying principle of how I learn languages. And why I enjoy the process so much.