Updated: Aug 5, 2022
What does this mean?
For you, “fluency” is about having in-depth conversations and sounding so natural that you can be mistaken for a native speaker.
From the small utterances, like “um” and “like”, to the accents and dialect specific phrases, you want to understand and use even the little nuances that come with the language.
To learn more about how this relates to your language goals, keep reading!
- already learned the basics of the language and you want to take your skills to the next level within a certain amount of time.
- are starting from scratch but you’re willing to commit time to a long-term goal.
Suggestions for reaching "fluency":
If you’re serious about reaching this goal, consistency will be crucial for you. This doesn’t mean that you have to study for hours and hours every day! In fact:
Word of advice? Pace yourself.
Unless you have a specific reason to have a shorter deadline, 6 months with an intense study plan is the absolute minimum we would recommend for the time aspect of your ultimate goal(s). To account for flexibility in your study plan, somewhere between 1-2 years would be a great place to start.
S.M.A.R.T. Goal Outlines:
Here are some outlines you can use to build your own goals using the S.M.A.R.T. acronym. Choose a couple or use this as inspiration to make your own from scratch:
1. By [date], I will be prepared to talk about advanced topics, like current events and morals, in [language], have these conversations with at least one native speaker, and get their feedback to measure my progress.
2. By [date], I will be able to have a [time] minute conversation in [language] with a native speaker and get their feedback to measure my progress.
3. I will learn the most popular songs in [language] by [date] and perform them [as videos, in front of people, at an event, etc.] to measure my progress.
4. I will become friends with at least 5 native [language] speakers by [date] and record at least 5 conversations with them to measure my progress.
Pro tip: Pair this with your results from our other quizzes to help set more specific goals, such as how often a week/month you should do study sessions!
Learning a language can teach you so many things about yourself and the world around you. Treat this wonderful opportunity like you would treat any other hobby; avoid thinking of studying as a chore.
Once you've decided on your goals, find activities that combine your interests with your needs so you can enjoy the learning process.
More about S.M.A.R.T. Goals:
That's all for this one!! Check out our blog posts to learn even more about creating goals and solid study plans!!
Need more? Check out our resources for PDFs, resource instructions, and a sneak peak of the content in our Spade Language Playing Cards!
Ok, now it's really done! Happy learning!
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