Language Learning for Introverts

Language Learning For Introverts

Some introverts claim it is difficult to go out and speak to foreigners. Even though it’s never been easier to find native speakers, it’s understandable that some people, introverts especially, are daunted by the challenge. So we’ve put together a list of tips that’ll help:

What is Introversion?

Being an introvert means that you feel energised by solitude, and energetically drained by having to cope with large groups and extroverted activities. Language learning for introverts, therefore, runs into issues when it comes to speaking and listening, because those cannot be done in isolation, unlike reading and writing in a foreign language, which introverts are more drawn to.

What Introversion is Not

Introversion is not some deep-seated inability to converse, nor a reason to mope about how others don’t understand you. Break away from limited beliefs. The map inside your head is not the territory, and you can achieve great things socially.

Language Learning for Introverts

Bearing the above in mind, language learning for introverts is different form language learning for extroverts in only a few ways. 1. We have to balance speaking and listening with reading and writing. Listening: You might be intimidated by groups, and you might find hanging out with groups and constantly asking and answering questions about your language learning is tiring. A foreign phrase that will help you in this situation:

  • “[language] is spoken so fast, I must practice listening to you!”

This will let them carry on speaking amongst each other, without it seeming awkward.   Speaking: To practice speaking as an introvert, you need to really drill down and master questions, as well as learn to live in all five senses. Combined, the two will allow you to make the other participant provide a lot more information.

  • “What does it feel like to be in this country?”
  • “What do you like about [whatever you’re talking about]”

The answers are more involved, yet you are more than holding your own in the conversation. 2. Pair up with an extrovert. The best thing to do is to find an extrovert. Their strengths will be your weaknesses, and vice versa. 3. If the task is a challenge, make the environment work in your favour. Language learning for introverts is mostly done in quiet environments, with books and desks and the like. If this describes your working environment, then don’t worry. There is middle ground between your library and a busy nightclub. Try and arrange to meet a teacher or language buddy in a quiet coffee shop, or a University campus, or anywhere else where conditions are more in your favour.

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