Updated: Aug 5, 2022
What does this mean?
For you, “fluency” is about having a bit of independence when you travel to another country short-term.
Understanding basic words for travel documents, asking for directions, and understanding accommodations for your place of stay are just some of the travel topics you want to be confident in before your trip. This way, you won’t have to risk being misunderstood by others.
To learn more about how this relates to your language goals, keep reading!
Maybe this is your...
- first time studying a language outside of school and you want to travel to another country someday.
-first time studying this language but you will only use it for when you are traveling to a specific country.
Suggestions for reaching "fluency":
This definition of fluency depends on how in-depth you want your conversational / comprehension skills to be.
Think about this:
Are you a big picture person or a detail-oriented person?
This can help you be even more specific about how much you want to learn before your trip.
If you’re serious about reaching this goal within a certain timeframe, consistency will be crucial for you. This doesn’t mean that you have to study for hours and hours every day!
Word of advice? Pace yourself.
Unless you have a specific reason to have a shorter deadline, 3 months is the absolute minimum we would recommend for the time aspect of your ultimate goal(s). If you’re more of a detail-oriented person, then you might want to give yourself somewhere between 3-6 months to account for flexibility in your study plan.
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 have a strong [language] foundation in the following topics: [list of topics you want to study]. I will measure my progress on [date] by [your method or methods of checking your 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 complete [resource or resources of choice] by [date] to build a stronger foundation in [language].
4. I will be able to write, read, and/or memorize scripts in the following topics by [date]: [list of topics you want to study].
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 other 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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