Language On Your Own: Self-Study Tips – Part 9

This is Part 9 of a 12-part series.


Is that the sound of your brain cracking under the weight of all those words and grammar rules?

Lenny, LSI 2014

Lakota language student, LSI 2014

Take a break! The biggest battle you’ll face is right here, with yourself – with the urge to give up.

Frustration is part of the path! As always, there are helpers ready when you call on them.

Do I suck at languages? 

Frustration could have you thinking, “I suck at languages,” or “I don’t have a talent for learning” or “I am not as smart as some PhD guy.”

Maybe you are better at languages than you think. We all have frustration when we try something new.  Some researchers claim that intelligence is only part of success in learning.

Many accomplished people would agree – they may not feel very intelligent or “special,” yet they have managed to achieve their dreams.

It may be that the most important factors in learning anything are:

  • Discipline
  • Commitment
  • Passion
  • Determination
  • Self-Motivation
  • Self-discipline
  • Perseverance
  • Determination
  • Dedication
  • Is your heart in it?
  • Do you want it enough to apply yourself?
  • Do you want it enough to spend the time?
  • Do you want it enough to stick to a plan?
  • Do you want it enough to go back and start over?


This is where traditional Native American values come in!

We’ll go deeper in Part 10.

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