Emotions and Language Learning

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Woman on the Beach
What was your favorite vacation?
Yes, your emotions influence your ability to learn! Surprised? Maybe not? Have you noticed how you can remember your best vacation? Your favorite boss or teacher? Your first kiss? All of these events have strong positive emotions tied to them. These emotions help you to remember the smallest details clearly.

What about negative emotions? We tend to avoid things that make us feel bad. So, if every time you go to your language class and you’re scared that your teacher will call on you to speak, you will begin to associate those negative emotions with learning your language.

Try to have a positive attitude when learning your language. Check out more on emotions and language learning in the following pages!