It’s easy to forget your overall goal sometimes, and language learning is no exception. It’s easy to get caught up in learning about learning languages, as opposed to learning languages. I certainly find myself suffering from this sometimes. Instead of learning more vocabulary, I’ll find myself poking around at the how-to-learn-any-language.com forums. Instead of studying a grammar point that’s giving me trouble, I’ll read (and write) blog posts about “the debate” – whether or not one should study grammar.
There’s nothing wrong with learning about methods, but there is a problem when the amount of time you’re spending on learning about learning languages rivals (or even surpasses) the amount of time you’re actually spending on learning languages. All the wonderful methods of the world won’t teach you a language if you don’t put the time in.
So, today’s tip: ignore everyone, and go do what you want. Just make sure it’s language learning, not learning about language learning. For today, we’ll set aside the grammar debates, the vocabulary debates (context vs. no context), and all of that. Today, just do something, even if someone somewhere on the internet (even me!) tells you it’s wrong. Go do SRS reps, or make some word lists, or study grammar, or translate, or something. For today, no more learning about language learning.
(And yes, this post is at least partially written to myself.)