What motivates me to learn the language?
People learn new languages for very different reasons: some are really interested in the culture so they want to learn the language to explore more about the culture; some may need to travel to a country where the language is spoken and learning the language may make things much easier on the trip; some learn a new language because they may want to work as a linguist in the future or believe it’s an important skill to have; some are just motivated by their families or friends to learn a new language. No matter what kind of motivation you have, you need to make sure it’s strong enough so you wouldn’t easily give up once you start. Learning a language is not that easy and can be very time-consuming, if you are not very sure why you want to learn the language in the beginning then the chance is you might just give up at a point and the time spent would be a waste.
Is it a right choice for me?
Depends on your native language, some languages may be much easier to learn than the others. The language you want to learn may be very different from your native language: the grammar structures can be different, the tones can be different, and there may be sounds that are hard for you to pronounce. If you are really motivated and enthusiastic in learning the language you may be able to overcome all these difficulties, but if you do have some other options then you may want to consider the difficulties of the languages you may want to learn.
What learning goals should I set?
Before you start learning a language, you may want to set your learning goals. Do you want to speak it very fluently or just to handle some basic conversations? Do you want to reach that level in 3 months or a year? Depends on your learning goals, you can set your study plan accordingly.
How much time can I spend on learning the language?
Learning a language is time-consuming, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to spend lots of time each day on learning the language. It’s more important to have a study plan that is right for you and stick to the plan. The plan has to be feasible so learning the language wouldn’t become a burden to you.
What would be the best way to learn the language?
There are many different ways to learn a language: you can learn it by yourself, find a tutor or take a lesson. Different methods are their own advantages, and you may need to think about which one is the best option for you. If you want to learn it on your own, there are also many different options to help you get started: you can use a textbook with a CD, you can find resources online, or you can try different mobile apps to help you learn the language. But if you find it too tough to learn it yourself, you may consider taking a lesson instead.
Do I really have a chance to use it in the future?
Say you have spent some time learning the language and now you have memorized lots of vocabularies, but if you don’t really have a chance to use the language, you may forget the vocabularies you have memorized. If you don’t really have a chance to speak the language with someone, you may watch some videos or read some books in that language to help you retain what you have learned.
Can anyone help me learn the language?
Maybe you know someone who can speak the language or who is currently learning the language, and you can practice speaking the language with the person. The people may point out the grammar or pronunciation mistakes you make, and the person can teach and encourage you if you find something very hard to learn.