Language Learning for Extroverts
Language Learning For Extroverts is the second in a series we’re creating. The first installment was Language Learning For Introverts. In this second part, we’re going to deal with the opposite side of the coin, and cover issues with language learning for extroverts.
What is Extroversion?
Being an extrovert is simply a state where you take energy from social interaction and environments, and feel drained of energy when you are condemned to solitude for a time.
What are some of the difficulties in Language Learning For Extroverts?
Language learning for extroverts can be tough because language learning requires time spent studying alone. It can be mitigated, as we’ll show you below, but it is tough to sit down and memorise grammar and vocabulary if your natural inclination is to surround yourself with people and being alone makes you feel uncomfortable.
How can we Solve these difficulties?
1. Balance Reading and Writing with Speaking and Listening
Reading: The simplest way to do this, is to make an adventure with a native speaker. If you’re in a foreign city, this is easy. Go together, and have them point out random things like signs and newspaper headlines that you have to read.
If you’re in your home city, have your teacher do the same, but with materials they have, or places they go to.
Text messages are an easy place to start. You’re energized by interaction, so seek out interactive forms of writing.
2. Meet up with an introvert language learner.
Introvert learners love all the stuff that you don’t, including sitting learning grammar in solitude for hours. Meet up with them. Use their strengths, and turn them into your own. For instance, get them to explain a grammar rule, or a tense rule, and then you talk, giving them examples of that in conversation. You’ll be doing most of the speaking, but you’ll both be learning – they’ll be learning your conversation style, you’ll be learning their rules.
3. Find materials and missions that use your weaknesses against themselves.
A key part of language learning for extroverts is to take materials and use them in an extroverted way. As an example, you’re more likely to read if you take up a foreign hobby, because you’ll be able to apply it socially when you do the hobby. Magazines and newspapers with people as a focus will probably be more interesting to you than reading a tome like The Count of Monte Cristo or War and Peace.