Working out vs. Learning Spanish

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Working out vs. Learning Spanish

This week I had a conversation with a potential student that made me think about how much learning a language is like working out.

The student asked me if he could come to class every 3 to 4 weeks, because of his busy work schedule. The reality is that anyone can go to class as often or not often as they want, but the results will be directly related.

For example, do you know someone that has a rockin’ bod? How often do they go to the gym? 4-5-6 days a week? Do they work out for 30 minutes or do they work their butt off and come out dripping sweat? On the days that they are not in the gym, are they hiking, playing volleyball or rock climbing? I bet that most of their life revolves around some kind of physical activity to maintain that body.

The same holds true for your Spanish learning journey. The results for a student that comes to class every other week versus a student that comes three times a week is going to be quite different.
The results for a student who does their homework and makes an effort to speak Spanish outside of class, is going to be different from a student that doesn’t practice in between classes.

None of these options is right or wrong, it simply depends on what your goals are and how quickly you want to achieve them. The key is to make sure that the effort matches the goals.  Do your efforts directly match your goals?