I enjoy studying language. I enjoy decoding all the strange new word combinations. I enjoy it when once strange and difficult grammar situations become second hand. I enjoy getting deeper and deeper into a culture through it’s language.
I realize that to be good at anything, not only language, you have to spend time on the particular skill or goal you want to accomplish and you also have to be motivated. You have to make realistic goals, that will at the same time challenge you and make you stretch yourself. I think most people would say that it’s important to set goals for something you want to achieve, I certainly think so, I maintain an entire blog that concerns my overall goals.
So what’s the fuss then? Well here’s my problem as it pertains to language: I love it all too much. The languages I’m studying now are Polish, Spanish and French, theoretically in that order. However, I find myself on Lingq practicing German, I find myself playing with the Hindi Teach Yourself books, and the Japanese Assimil and Michel Thomas. Just playing! I like to do it, so I already know to some extent I will always do it.
What do you think? By sticking to your goals you’ll have a better result in those languages that you’re studying, but if you’re enjoying yourself then you’re enjoying yourself. There just isn’t enough time for both. How do you balance that?