I don’t think I mentioned this on the blog but a couple of months ago I hit a plateau in learning Korean ^^ where now I wasn’t actually learning anything. No new vocabulary and no new grammar. NOTHING. It was no progress for almost a month and a half and although it was a busy time for me with #schoolwork and other stuff like life, there are a few more reasons to it and I want to share them so no one makes the same mistakes 🙂
Here are a few reasons on ‘how’ someone lands up hitting a plateau in learning Korean (or any other language)
Lack of time when you don’t have time you study small amounts, right? I usually study this way when I don’t have time, I make a study-time and its usually about 20-30 minutes before I get very tired because I have been busy the whole day or ; when I am waiting for maybe my class for about 5 minutes I try and study something but then its hard to study while you are standing on the second floor balcony so it usually ends in me having an open book in my hand and talking to someone else ㅠㅠ so that is one problem which can cause a plateau “Lack of time”
Reading in a block environment you can’t improve on new vocabulary if you are reading just the vocabulary you know, and have mastered. That’s what I was doing for like a month, everything I was reading I understood it was at my ‘level’ so there were no advances on anything I was learning. It was actually then I thought to myself I should read my Big Bang book (Shouting out to you in the World!) because those words I obviously don’t know all of them xD and I can improve through it. Which is happening (: I see loads of improvements and its moving pretty fast.
No usage of language skills its only now when I write my 일기 (which I will post for some as some practice) that I have started using what I know but before I just didn’t make that effort, not because I didn’t want to but because I just had no energy to try and make an effort ): its pretty sad to think of it that way but when I make an effort I remember everything about 100times better eg. when I was beginning I would remember everything so much better because I was always reading it ; revising with it; and most importantly USING it no matter what so I got to understand the structures and usages of these grammar and words I was learning and using 🙂 now I can sometimes easily forget something I learnt about 3 weeks ago ㅠ.ㅠ Probably my short-memory though so I shouldn’t put too much thought into what I forget! I usually forget most thinks if I don’t go over them again and again
Those are three reasons why I know I hit a plateau in learning Korean for a few weeks (ummh…more like a month :D) but since I am out of it ; and have been for a long time I thought I should share with you what I was doing ‘wrong’ not that there is a wrong and right way, but for me this was wrong and actually was killing my progress which can get frustrating a lot ><
You have to get out of a situation like this before its too late. 🙂
How to get out of it is easier than how you got into it though ~ luckily 🙂
Read more! if you read more then there is no time to be forgetting words and grammar and you will be learning new words and grammar as you read more challenging material when you study.
Use the language or it becomes useless that says it all, but you have to use the language or there is no point in learning the language. That’s why you usually need a strong desire for the language to get far with it, I have just pure love of it and the happiness it gives me when I understand something in normal speed Korean and large quantities ㅎㅎ
Find time no matter what I make excuses, I know it and most friends/ and readers know it if you have been reading my posts and who follow me on Twitter and Facebook. Its just who I am and its my personality I think, but it usually escalates when I don’t have time for what I was which is bad because then I never get much done ㅠ.ㅠ and that’s not very beneficial to me or my Korean no is it?! 🙂 Although I usually find 20 minutes I don’t think its enough one or twice a week I should make it 20-30minutes everyday when I don’t have time.
When I do have time studying is not an issue for me I can sit and study Korean for up to two (2) hours at a time when I have all the time in the world ~ which is usually December time when its a long holiday for most people 🙂
Anyway, hope this helps you if you have been in a language learning ‘rut’ it certainly helped me once I realized what I was actually doing to my Korean ~ hehe
Have you ever hit a plateau in language learning? Did it make you want to give up? Share your experiences 🙂 Look forward to reading them everybody!! ~ So leave a comment ㅎㅎ