Yes! 2012 can bring fluent Dutch!

10 January 2012, by

According to many people, even to those who do not believe in the prophecies of the Mayas, 2012 will be a year of radical change. Fortunately, you - just like most people - like change now and then, as long as it is for the better. So, what would you like to be different?

The beginning of a new year can be exciting because now it is the right time to use your imagination. It is the perfect time to think about what you really, really want. Once again, you can think of anything, as long as it feels good. What about learning a new language?

Let’s burst that bubble in 2012!

What about speaking fluent Dutch for example? Many feel that they are walking in some kind of bubble if they cannot understand what is going on in their surroundings. Apparently, this does not feel that good...

Wouldn’t it be a great idea to burst that bubble so that you can feel at ease wherever you go? Would you like that? If so, it may be wise to have this as a new year’s resolution!

But how can you make sure that your new plan will actually give you what you want? Most new year’s resolutions only seem to be a temporary form of daydreaming but, in reality, the next step is really simple: just create a step-by-step plan that you can follow.

Make sure, that there is a clear procedure and that you stick to it, and most important of all, avoid one classic mistake...

Just avoid this classic mistake

The biggest mistake that most people make when they want to learn a new language is that they start too slowly. They sign up for a language course, one evening a week, assuming that this will work. The truth is that in most cases, it won’t!

This has nothing to do with intelligence or being gifted for languages. The one essential ingredient that is often missing is momentum.

Have you ever wondered why the plane engines are running so fast in the beginning? Because you need a lot of energy and focus to take off but the good news is: once you are flying, then relatively little effort is needed.

With speaking a new language it works exactly the same!

The best way to save time!

Unfortunately, not so many people seem to be aware of the importance of momentum. For mastering a new language, one week is already sufficient to guarantee that your learning really takes off and that it can continue with much less effort for a very long time.

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Original photo by Flickr user rastmo

There is a strange paradox going on: people that do not have a lot of time, believe that it is better to spread their efforts out over a longer period. What they do not realize is that this undermines momentum and it takes much more energy and time.

Back to our example, it is like switching off the engine of a plane that is ready to fly, over and over again, hoping that if you start the engine next time, all of a sudden it will! Although it looks like a strange idea, this is exactly what people are doing if they want to learn a new language. They stop too soon!

After a couple hours, they interrupt an essential process and assume that after one week everything should go easier. Unfortunately, the opposite is true!

Therefore, if you have a great plan for this year, make sure that you follow the procedure, step-by-step, without thinking.

Then decide on the magic of momentum, dedicate one entire week and maintain a laser focus on this goal! Certainly time may be an issue but think about how different your life will become.

Soon enough, you will realize that momentum is the key, and the great results that you can quickly achieve will make you feel much better about yourself.

So, how about saving a lot of time, avoiding frustration and experiencing that feeling of control?

If you like this idea, really go for it and enjoy!

Albert Both is an Expat Service Provider. Download his e-book "Why You Hate Learning Dutch and 7 Secrets to Change It," join his workshop "Finding Dutch Flow, How to Open The Flood Gate to Dutch Fluency," visit his website or simply comment below for inquiries and / or remarks. All free of charge!

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