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New Year’s Resolutions for 2013 – Tips

by Jake Beus December 31st, 2012 More

I resolve to...What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2013?  A resolution is a resolve or determination to do something. To me, that means if I’m not going to take it seriously, it’s better to not call it a resolution (call it a wish or a dream).  Do you take your resolutions seriously? I believe that people are inherently good and that they want to improve their own lives and the lives of others. I want you to be resolved to achieve your goals in 2013, just like I want the same for myself.

I am a firm believer that life is to be enjoyed, not just endured. Many of you will find that the greatest joys you will find come from spending time with those you love, learning, growing and serving others. The fact that you are reading this means that you want to improve your life. You have goals and perhaps you are resolved to achieve them. I’d like to provide a few tips to help you achieve your goals and find joy and happiness along the way.

  • Think about what you truly desire. What is it that you want to become? What do you really want to do?
  • Write it down.
  • Set goals based on what you find in your writings.
  • Be very specific in your goals. Don’t say ‘I want to learn a lot of money’. Don’t say ‘I want to spend more time with my kids’. Instead, say that you will earn x amount of money and that you will spend x amount of time with your kids each day/week.
  • If appropriate, set a date by which you will achieve your goal. (I will earn $10 by January 31st.)
  • Write down what you will sacrifice or give up in order to achieve your goal(s).
  • Determine how you are going to achieve your goal. Put it in writing.
  • When you have completed the above steps, write down your goal(s), the date by which you will achieve it, what you will give up to achieve it and how you will achieve it in paragraph form.
  • Read aloud your new ‘goal statement’ each morning and night. As you read it, see it and believe it as if it has already happened.

Those steps are heavily influenced by the classic book, Think and Grow Rich. I highly recommend that book.

We wish you the very best in this upcoming year. May you achieve your goals and set out to accomplish what you truly desire. If you have a desire to learn a new language or improve your language skills, we ask that you please let us help you. Enjoy 2013!

“Through all of living, have much joy and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”

 

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Motivational Quotes

by Taylor Pebley October 24th, 2012 More

Have you ever gotten really excited about a goal or project, such as speaking a new language, just to realize a few weeks or even only a few days later that your excitement and motivation have failed? I have. It’s always such a bummer…and it’s frustrating. We’re ambitious people! We want to be successful and progressive! We should be able to accomplish these extremely reachable goals! Well, one of the best ways I’ve found to overcome this tendency to burn out like a shooting star is to frequently read/say motivational quotes and then do something right away to implement those quotes.

There are thousands of motivational quotes out there. My suggestion is to start with a simple search on Google. I have collected a few over the years, and here are some of my favorites:

  • “I will do today what others will not do, so tomorrow I can do what others cannot do.” – Randy Gage
  • “Nothing is withheld from us what we have conceived to do.” – Russell Kirsch, invented the first computer
  • “Just do it.” – Popularized by Nike
  • “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward
  • “Build upon strengths, and weaknesses will gradually take care of themselves.” – Joyce C. Lock
  • “Above all, challenge yourself. You may well surprise yourself at what strengths you have, what you can accomplish.” – Cecile Springer
  • “You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.” – Robert Anthony
  • “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
  • “Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
  • “Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland
  • “There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can.” – Henry Ford

I hope you’ve found one or more of these to add to your collection. Regardless of what goal you are working on or weakness you are trying to overcome, a positive attitude can make all the difference. Use motivational quotes to help you succeed. Comment and share your own favorite quotes!

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Learning a Language : Our Mission

by Brent Jenkins October 19th, 2012 More

Every organization needs to have a mission.  This is the purpose, the overriding goal behind everything that we do.  We here at LearnALanguage.com had a very long, intense discussion over what our mission would be.  We think that you’ll be excited about this:

Our Mission: To make language-learning a convenient and social habit through modern technology.

 Pretty simple, right?  Let’s break it down together, just to see exactly why we’re here and what we’re doing.

  • Language-learning: We operate based on the assumption that everyone is interested in learning a second, third or fourth language (or ought to be so).  The benefits are enormous and let’s face it – no one will ever regret learning another language.  We all have our own reasons, and that’s good enough for us.
  • Convenient: We know that convenience is a major factor in how and when people are going to focus on learning.  A big part of that is money.  If you buy a language course (RosettaStone, Pimsleur, RocketSpanish, etc.), you’re going to be out about $300 (give or take).  If you go with LearnALanguage.com instead, you’re going to spend……. $0 – doesn’t that feel good?  We’re here when you need us, for free.  We have a huge variety of topics and learning methods.
  • Social: When we say “social”, we mean that we want you to be excited enough about learning a language that you invite your friends and family.  We’re making it easy to share these free lessons via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, StumbleUpon and many other ways.  It just makes sense.  If you like something, you share it.  If you find yourself at a great party with free food, you call your friends so that they can enjoy the happiness too.  Sharing is a great idea.
  • Making Learning a Habit: Let’s be honest: the only way to truly learn over a lifetime is to make learning a habit.  We’re making it easy to come back on a regular basis.  It doesn’t cost you anything, you’re actually learning, great games and activities to review – what’s not to love?
  • Modern Technology: LearnALanguage.com uses cutting-edge technology to make sure that we offer you the best learning experience possible.  Our future plans are enormous and we’re excited to unveil them soon.  We know that our fans are going to be happy with all of the new things that we will soon be offering, all for free.  We believe that we all benefit and learn most effectively by harnessing modern technology.

We love our fans, and we’re excited to introduce you to the future of language-learning.

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Funny Communication Fails

by Brent Jenkins October 16th, 2012 More

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The word “fail” is one of the most popular search words in Google and YouTube.  For some reason, human beings find enjoyment in watching the slip-ups and trip-ups of their fellow earth-dwellers.  America’s Funniest Home Videos, a TV show based solely on people falling over, is one of the most popular, family-centered TV shows of all time.  There’s nothing wrong with that (mostly), but here is the question: How do you make sure that you are the one watching these ‘fails’, not the one performing?

WAY TO UP: Don’t be whoever wrote this sign…

I can’t tell you how to ride a bike properly, or how NOT to jump into a swimming pool, but I can give you some help with the language blunders that happen so often.  We’ve all heard the horror stories, and some of us have been unfortunate enough to tell those stories in the first-person.  I vividly remember asking a sweet family if I could ‘eat their giant’ on my first trip to Cambodia.  I was so embarrassed, but now (years later), I find it as hilarious as if it had happened to someone else.

What’s the strategy to not be that person?  Be prepared.  Plain and simple, the best way to avoid the small-time, quick-fix mistakes is to do your homework, study intensely and frequently, and love what you’re doing (or trying to do).  We here at LearnALanguage.com pride ourselves on bringing you the best content out there – all for free – so that you no longer have any excuses to procrastinate your preparations.

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How to Turn Motivation into Celebration

by Jake Beus October 11th, 2012 More

celebrateWhat gets you motivated? What gets you super-pumped and excited? What events cause celebration in your life? Take a moment and really think about those questions. It may even be helpful to write down your answers. I’d like to take a moment and answer those question for myself, and together I hope we can learn how to turn motivation into celebration.

What gets you motivated? For me, the answer to that question depends on what the goal is. In my life, I usually see or experience something that motivates me and gives me the desire to set a goal and achieve it. For example, I have seen a healthy transformation in my father. For years, he could not sleep in a bed because he would get heartburn every night due to his diet and lack of exercise. He has completely changed his diet, eats much healthier and does his best to avoid eating late at night. He also spends more time exercising than he used to. He has lost weight, feels better and is happier because of this change. His discipline has motivated me to eat healthier, exercise more and be more disciplined in general.

I have also been motivated by others and their desire and commitment to learning, whether it be learning a new language, learning how to wake board or learning how to make homemade pizza. People in my life who are consistently learning seem to live more fulfilling lives. There is a certain excitement that comes from learning from life’s experiences, whether they be your own or someone else’s.

What gets you super-pumped and excited? I have a little brother who is talented in basketball and football, and I get excited watching him score touchdowns, make tackles and swish 3-pointers. I get excited when great things happen to the people close to me, whether it’s a buddy of mine who meets a great girl or someone does well on a test. I get excited when things go right for me, whether it’s finding a solution to a problem or just being blessed with unique opportunities. There are lots of things that make me super-pumped.

What events cause celebration in your life? This question is very similar to the previous question, but there is also a difference. For me, the difference is that excitement can be random and celebration usually is a result of hard work. That being said, here are 2 quotes that I really like regarding celebration:

“Remember to celebrate with others those things you have accomplished together. Celebration creates unity and strengthens relationships.”

“Celebrate every small victory.”

I am a celebrator. I think that people don’t celebrate enough, and perhaps I celebrate too much. If I want to be a millionaire, am I only going to celebrate as soon as I make that first million? No. My philosophy is to celebrate the little things that will ultimately help you achieve your goal. Celebration and motivation are closely tied. Celebrating the small things has helped me to enjoy the journey and stay motivated to keep working toward goals.

How to turn motivation into celebration:  The simple answer is hard work. For me, it’s a cycle of never-ending fun and excitement. This cycle begins as motivation, which translates into hard work, which leads to multiple, small celebrations, which keeps me motivated, which keeps me working, which leads to more celebration. I met a professor at a prestigious university who taught me that when working toward a goal, I should plan, do, evaluate and learn; then plan, do evaluate and learn. I would add celebrate into that cycle of progression, which will ultimately help me to continue the cycle of progression.

One of my favorite movies is Rudy. If you’ve never seen the movie, I highly encourage you to watch it. This is the final scene of Rudy, which is a celebration of a great moment that is a result of years of hard work. It’s obviously a dramatic celebration, but think about how you might celebrate more as you watch it. Enjoy:

 

What is something you should be celebrating in your life? Please login and comment below. I’m gonna go celebrate the completion of this post.

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What Are Some Useful Language Tools?

by Brent Jenkins October 9th, 2012 More

Every day, Google gets asked hundreds of thousands of questions about how to study better, what are the best tools to learn a language, what are the short-cuts, what advice do professionals offer, where are the great resources, the list goes on.  We all know it – Learning a language is a very difficult thing.  So why make it harder?  Every single tool that we come upon should be used to the fullest benefit possible.  It has been said that ‘life is a game of inches.’  Here at LearnALanguage.com, we have another tool to help you ‘get those inches.’

The LearnALanguage.com Toolbar can be downloaded and customized for up to 8 languages. Yet another great tool to help us learn quick.

You can find our toolbar all over our site.  Download the bar that has each language (by selecting the image to the left), or you can go to the Learn Spanish page to download the Spanish Toolbar, the Learn Italian page to download the Italian Toolbar and so on.  You get the idea.

This isn’t a ground-shaking, world-changing development, but it is a tool that we can use to remind ourselves to study every single day, or several times a day.  It will make our free language lessons now one-click away.  With learning this easy, why are you still reading this?  www.learnalanguage.com

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Self Motivation Quotes

by Jake Beus October 8th, 2012 More

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It’s not easy to be self-motivated. We realize that learning a language is not an easy task. It takes self-motivation and hard work. In order to help you when you may not feel very motivated, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite self-motivation quotes. Many of the quotes come from the community of Mindbloom.

  •  “One learns the most about writing once their pen is moving.”
  • “You can’t fly if you never jump!”
  • “Your breakthroughs will come when you do what you’ve been afraid to do.”
  • “The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” -Steve Young
  • “If you find yourself getting nervous, stop and relax for three full breaths. Then take one small step, then another. That is how people get to the top of Everest.” -Martha Beck
  • “Today I do what others will not, so tomorrow I do what others cannot.” -Jerry Rice
  • “When faced with mountain-like obstacles, I envision myself already at the top.”
  • “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” -Maria Robinson
  • “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” -Lou Holtz
  • “If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door – or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.” Rabindranath Tagore
  • “Celebrate every small victory!”
  • “No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.”
  • “Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong.” -Peter T. Mcintyre
  • “I am not my challenges. I am not my illness. I am stronger than my mind. I am stronger than my pain.”

I hope that one of those quotes took you from la-la land in your mind to putting your mind to work. What is your favorite quote? Please comment on this post below. I would love to hear your thoughts.

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