January 12, 2017

7 Quotes to Inspire You to Improve Your English in 2017

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Are you determined to improve your English this year? Great! With a little focus and willpower, there’s no reason why you can’t.

At the start of the year, though, we often feel inspired and excited about a new challenge. After a few weeks go by, it can be hard to stay motivated. So here are 7 inspiring quotes to help you to stay on the right track when things get difficult!

Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.” ‒ Rita Mae Brown

What it means: Learning English isn’t just about knowing grammar and vocabulary. It’s also learning to understand English-speaking people and cultures better. Keep in mind that the important thing is that you can communicate with another person and get to know them. Your English doesn’t have to be perfect every time to do that, especially when you’re learning!

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela              

What it means: Learning another language is important for bringing people closer together. As Mandela said, there is something very special about speaking to someone in their mother tongue. Even if you both understand the same language, when you take the trouble to speak to someone in their own language, it means more to them. The more effort you put into learning English the more important relationships and friendships you will be able to have with English speakers.

“What we learn with pleasure, we never forget” – Alfred Mercier

What it means: Sometimes we get so stressed about getting things exactly right that we start to hate learning altogether. But if you enjoy what you are doing, you will find that you remember what you have learned much more easily. Instead of putting too much pressure on yourself, take a deep breath and try to have fun.

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something.” – Neil Gaiman

What it means: It’s very unusual to do anything perfectly the first time you try. In fact, if you don’t make any mistakes, whatever you are doing is probably too easy for you! If you are making mistakes it isn’t a bad thing. It means you are setting yourself a real challenge and are actually learning new things.

“You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

What it means: Gretzky used to be an ice hockey player, but he isn’t just talking about sport. If you don’t try to do something, you already know that you definitely won’t succeed. You might as well try and see what happens!

“Do one thing every day that scares you” – Eleanor Roosevelt

What it means: This one doesn’t take much explaining. Roosevelt believed that the only way to become braver and stronger is to keep putting yourself in situations that make you nervous. So don’t be shy… go out and practise speaking to real-life English speakers whenever you can. It’s the only way to get rid of your fear!

The limits of my language are the limits of my world. ‒ Ludwig Wittgenstein

What it means: Every time you learn new words and languages, you are able to think in a slightly different way. You can start to see the world from a different perspective. You start to understand a new culture, new ideas, and new ways of thinking. This means that your world will seem bigger and more exciting with every new piece of language. Doesn’t that inspire you to keep learning this year?


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