Introvert vs Extrovert Language Learning

Introvert vs Extrovert Language Learning is the third part in our series about the strengths and weaknesses for both personality types in learning. For a full set of tips on each type, go to Language Learning for Introverts or Language Learning for Extroverts.
The following article is a comparison. We’ve stated that a great way to learn as either introvert or extrovert is to match up with each other. Consider this article part recap, part strength/weakness test, and part shopping list for a language buddy.

Benefits of Introvert Tendencies in Language Learning.

You’re energised by solitude. Whilst this doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to be great at learning grammar or memorising vocabulary, being able to deal with the hours sat alone will make it a lot easier to get those things done. You’re also going to have the strength of thinking in a language, as well as ample time to create a personal story.

Negatives of Introversion in Language Learning.

It’s going to be difficult to start speaking in the foreign language, and you’re probably not going to get practice in social settings without at least a little discomfort. For the same reason, listening practice might be difficult. We covered this in the language learning for introvert article. You could also consider listening to podcasts or radio shows in your target language.

Benefits of Extroversion In Language Learning.

You’re likely to be more willing to throw yourself in at the deep end and immerse yourself socially. You like being around people, so are probably going to get a lot of feedback from native speakers. The same goes for listening. Because you’re energised by social situations, you’re more likely to get a lot of experience of colloquial language and slang.

Negatives of Extroverted Tendencies in Language Learning.

It’s going to be difficult to spend hours alone studying. As such, some of the more finer points of the language will be difficult to come by. If you’re learning a language that is very different in written form to the spoken form, there’ll be issues there. Similarly, reading probably isn’t your thing.

Putting it all Together, Turning Introvert vs Extrovert problems into Strengths, Whichever you Are.

So, we’ve recapped some of the issues for learning as an introvert vs extrovert. Now, we’ll reiterate some of the tips that apply to both personality types.

  1. Change your environment to suit your learning type. If you’re an introvert, invite your teacher to a quiet place, like a library or sparsely populated (but still high quality!) coffee shop. If you’re an extrovert, try reading and writing whilst you’re out and about socialising.
  2. Change the task to suit your personality type. If you’re an introvert, pick a hobby like chess for speaking and listening practice. Then go to a foreign language chess club (as an example.) You’ll have changed the environment (see above,) you’ll be speaking to other introverts (most likely) and you’ll be concentrating on communication for learning as opposed to speaking for the sake of it. Long gaps of silence, which you need as an introvert, will also be natural and not forced.
  3. Find someone whose weaknesses are your strengths. Find someone who is the opposite of you. If you’re the extroverted one, let your introverted friend read aloud to you, and you repeat it back to them in colloquial language. Or vice versa.

You’ll have more tips amongst yourselves, and probably different views of how to make them work. Let us know in the comments how you feel about this.

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