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No two days are alike – that’s the wonder of life. Sometimes we really want something but nothing happens, and at other times we really don’t care about anything and all kinds of things happen. That’s life.
But looking at your English learning, this is a good way to see it too, particularly when you start out.
In the beginning, you will find your days may be about 15% Basic English and the rest is your own language. But over time you will notice a shift. There will be days when you see yourself asking very easily for a sandwich at Subway, and even when the person asks you a question you can answer it. It’s a real boost to your self-esteem when that happens, then the next day all you do is stay at home and talk with your family or friends from your own country – zero English.
This is normal. We can never be 100% into the language from the start, our brains would shut down, it’s too much. But over time you will notice a slight switch up of your English and a switch down of your first language. But don’t be alarmed if it doesn’t happen the first month. It takes a while but one day you will catch yourself speaking English all day!
To understand what is ‘normal’ in terms of learning a language is helpful. The reason is that all this self-esteem you have been expecting from being such a great English speaker needs to be nurtured over time. If you don’t speak well one day, don’t beat yourself up about it, or if you do speak well the next day, don’t think this is it, you don’t have anything more to learn.
So look at your week overall. Some days will be days of good English, some will have some bad English and let yourself have a day of no English at all…you’re human after-all, not superhuman!