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.
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!
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.
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.