Using Competition as Motivation

United States
November 27, 2012 2:47pm CST
I have been wanting to work on language learning for a while now, but it's been hard to keep up the motivation. Lately, I have been using a site that makes it pretty easy to get started and allows me to compete with my friends on our skill attainments. It's a site called duo lingo that allows you to work on English, Spanish, French, and/or Portuguese. I wish that they included some non-European languages, but it's been fun for me to finally start working on French! Last night I pushed myself to achieve a few more levels in order to beat my friend who is learning Spanish. I did it because I am competitive, but I am glad because now I know more French! Do you find competition to be helpful in motivating yourself to learn, exercise, etc.?
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@maximax8 (28570)
• United Kingdom
27 Nov 12
I think that competition is a fun way to learn a foreign language. It is enjoyable for you to practice in those European languages. I learned French for five years and can remember much of it. I began learning Spanish and then got pregnant with my daughter. I wish to improve my Spanish spoken skills. I visited South America earlier this year and I said a few things in Spanish. Good luck with further developing your foreign language skills.
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@GardenGerty (104331)
• United States
28 Nov 12
I am not usually a competitive person, but that does sound like a neat website. I tend to want to compete mostly with myself. I would go for Spanish because it is the most frequently spoken foreign language in the US right now.