Do you have the determination of this mouse?

This video has been making the rounds on Facebook and elsewhere and I thought I’d share it with you all here on the English Fluency Now blog, as I think it is relevant to the process of learning a language.

In language learning, persistence is essential and leads to success over time.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

This is a common English saying, and is certainly embodied in this little mouse who is trying to move the cookie.



But the more significant lesson of this video is the fact that after trying for quite a while, without success, he takes a moment to regroup, to think, and then he apparently makes a different plan, and then succeeds.

How can we apply this to language learning?

Well, many of us spend years trying the same methods, without success, we don’t even consider taking a different approach or trying something new.

Typically, students spend way too many years studying grammar and repeating boring lessons, and still don’t achieve the success they are seeking, whether it be the ability to speak fluently with natives, understand movies or score an 8 on the IELTS exam.

If you are feeling stuck at your current level of English, not making the kind of progress you want, take some time today to reevaluate your goals and make a new plan for how you are going to approach taking your English to the next level.

Upward and onward!!