Over the past few weeks, my family and I have been out on the road reconnecting with family and friends. I’ve stopped checking the Twitter feed. I’ve neglected the EDLL facebook page. Last week even, for the first time in nearly a year and a half, I missed posting an article.
I haven’t even touched Turkish.
And I’m okay with that.
Looking back and looking forward.
It’s been good.
It’s been good and has reminded me of the importance of taking a break as language learners. I think especially of those in cross cultural service; the Peacecorp, relief workers, NGOs, missionaries and the like.
Language for many of you is a means to an end and the thought of taking some time away from “working hard” to master your new language seems out of the question. The goal is to get to fluency as fast as possible so rest just isn’t in the equation.
Not for you. Not now.
But rest may be the very thing you need. Taking a week or two away from any interaction with the target language can be just the thing that allows what you’ve been working so hard to master to settle into place.
It has been my experience, that a vacation from language learning every so often can be the very thing that has helped me progress faster. I come back refreshed and ready to dive in again.
I return to find certain elements of the language have locked into place. How I have no idea. But it happens with rest.
Rest is an important part of a healthy life. Wouldn’t it be the same with learning another language?
How has taking a break from language learning helped you move forward?
Ready to get serious about learning another language?
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