|The two fuels of language learning : motivation and curiosity|
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Learning a foreign language is a long trip - you can't do it overnight. To reach the end of the trip - fluency - you need to have enough fuel. There are two kinds of fuel in language learning: willpower and curiosity:
The key to success is to use as much curiosity and as little willpower as possible.
By increasing the number of interesting ways of working on your target language, a given dose of willpower will get you much further. You can't increase your willpower indefinitely, but there is almost no limit to the interesting and painless things you can do in your target language.
Whenever possible, use interest or curiosity to fuel your study, to save willpower for the most objectively boring part of the study.
Here are some examples:
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