Czechs often make their New Year´s resolution – a promise they will do what they need, have to, want but they hadn´t had enough time, had been lazy… The resolution often concerns their study of languages: I am going to start learning, to learn more… And what about you? Would you like to learn Czech effectively? Great! Here are three tips how to start.
The Czech word předsevzetí (resolution) is very old and meant „lift something up for myself“. Something interesting, something I need, something lying down very close – and I make it important to me.
If you plan to start study Czech or to study more this is your first question: WHY do I want to do this? Why is learning Czech important to me? Find a very good and very specific reason. Here are a few tips from my students for inspiration:
Can you see how the good GOAL looks like? It is specific, realistic and has a time limit. Take a piece of paper/phone/tablet… and set your own goal. I am sure you manage it without difficulty.
You have set a goal and now think how to achieve it. When specifically are you gonna to do it? Be realistic.
You have set a goal and you have known when to learn. And what specifically are you gonna to do?
On Sunday (Friday, Saturday… it is up to your convenience) write down these specific tasks and learning time for the next week to your diary. Set the reminder not to forget.
And most of all: HOLD ON! There will be days you won´t be ready for your study, tired, lazy… But you won´t give it up. You will keep on learning and in a month you´ll be very surprised with your new knowledge. And this becomes your new motivation! I keep my fingers crossed for you.
You can also read an article 10 tips for your effective study. And Lucie Gramelová wrote an excellent and very practical book Jak vyzrát na cizí jazyky (How to outsmart foreign languages – available in Czech).
So now: a piece of paper, pencil and first of all your answer: WHY…
1st January 2018