Language On Your Own: Self-Study Tips – Part 11

This is Part 11 of a 12-part series.

Seven Helpers, II

There are three more traditional Native virtues on your language self-study team.

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Perseverance

This virtue is often called “discipline.” It doesn’t have to be brutal – just consistent and persistent. Think of water running downhill, in the middle of nowhere. Moving at a natural pace, it finds a river, then a lake and then an ocean. Fluency in your language is the ocean. Perseverance will get you there.

  • If you want to succeed in learning, you need perseverance.
  • Perseverance takes self-discipline.
  • Obstacles and difficulties can be overcome. Don’t give up!

 

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Respect

What does it mean to have respect for the language?

  • You show your respect to the language by starting to learn it, today.
  • You show your respect to the language by learning correct pronunciation.
  • You show your respect to the language by learning correct spelling.
  • You show your respect to the language by learning sentence patterns from fluent speakers.
  • You show your respect to the language by showing respect for anyone who learns it, no matter what you think of them.

 

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Humility

So you’ve been learning to speak a Native American on your own, and you feel great!

But acting like a big shot could turn other people away from interest in the language.

  • When you reach a point where you think you have learned something, be humble about your knowledge.
  • Don’t brag about your achievements.
  • Don’t use your language knowledge for self-promoting purposes.

 

Humility can inspire you to continue learning the language throughout your life as an ongoing, life-changing spiritual quest.

Our final post in this series, Part 12, looks at the larger significance of your individual language quest.

 

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