Results 1 to 18 of 18

Thread: Motivating Yourself?!

  1. #1
    Увлечённый спикер
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    55
    Rep Power
    9

    Motivating Yourself?!

    Do you guys ever plan to study for a while, but find yourself distracted and unable to actually sit down and do any work? If so, how do you overcome this?

    I have a Russian course starting on Monday, and yet I can
    Russia is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.

    Winston Churchill

  2. #2
    Завсегдатай
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    My Time & Space
    Posts
    6,559
    Rep Power
    16
    We just забиваем на всё!
    «И всё, что сейчас происходит внутре — тоже является частью вселенной».

  3. #3
    DDT
    DDT is offline
    Завсегдатай DDT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    I have given up the Gambling, the Wine and the Cows!.. I'm back now! ....nope Im gone again!
    Posts
    3,364
    Rep Power
    14
    Take yourself and a few Russian textbooks to your local cafe and study there!
    Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself. - Chief Joseph, Nez Perce

  4. #4
    Завсегдатай
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Serving Polonium-flavoured Sake at a London Japanese Restaurant
    Posts
    2,662
    Rep Power
    12
    Think about all the money you're wasting on a course you're not going to prepare for.
    Заранее благодарю всех за исправление ошибок в моём русском.

  5. #5
    Почтенный гражданин
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Анкара
    Posts
    305
    Rep Power
    10
    yup хороший совет
    Главное что есть ты у меня...

  6. #6
    Старший оракул
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    920
    Rep Power
    10
    maybe you find motivation hard because your approach is disorganised or your study plan is vague?
    Не откладывай на завтра того, с кем можешь переспать сегодня
    --------
    http://england-moscow.com/

  7. #7
    Почтенный гражданин
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Toto, we're back in Kansas! Oh, Crap!!!
    Posts
    663
    Rep Power
    10

    Re: Motivating Yourself?!

    [quote=GabCNesbitt]Do you guys ever plan to study for a while, but find yourself distracted and unable to actually sit down and do any work? If so, how do you overcome this?

    I have a Russian course starting on Monday, and yet I can

  8. #8
    Почтенный гражданин
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Toto, we're back in Kansas! Oh, Crap!!!
    Posts
    663
    Rep Power
    10
    Quote Originally Posted by Lt. Columbo
    maybe you find motivation hard because your approach is disorganised or your study plan is vague?
    Naw!!! Nothing so easy, as your logical conclusion, Columbo!

    GabCNesbitt, I apologize for being 'flippant' in my previous post. I was trying to inject some humor... this helps very much when studying a foreign language. Try to take in some humor, and this will help your movitation.

    Motivation = reason why. So, GabCNesbitt, what is your 'reason' for studying Russian?

    This is the important question. The '#1' thing... remember?... remember from the film "City Slickers"?

    For me, it was because of Tarkovsky's films. (Don't worry, guys, I won't re-hash old history ). But, his films touched my soul, and they keep me in perpetual thought. .

    And the song, "Я спросил у ясена...". First Russian song I learned. Big motivator for me... this song pleases me very much.

  9. #9
    Увлечённый спикер
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    55
    Rep Power
    9
    Quote Originally Posted by Dobry
    Quote Originally Posted by Lt. Columbo
    maybe you find motivation hard because your approach is disorganised or your study plan is vague?
    Naw!!! Nothing so easy, as your logical conclusion, Columbo!

    GabCNesbitt, I apologize for being 'flippant' in my previous post. I was trying to inject some humor... this helps very much when studying a foreign language. Try to take in some humor, and this will help your movitation.

    Motivation = reason why. So, GabCNesbitt, what is your 'reason' for studying Russian?

    This is the important question. The '#1' thing... remember?... remember from the film "City Slickers"?

    For me, it was because of Tarkovsky's films. (Don't worry, guys, I won't re-hash old history ). But, his films touched my soul, and they keep me in perpetual thought. .

    And the song, "Я спросил у ясена...". First Russian song I learned. Big motivator for me... this song pleases me very much.
    I
    Russia is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.

    Winston Churchill

  10. #10
    Завсегдатай
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    3,216
    Rep Power
    13
    You must have DISCIPLINE. If you find yourself slacking off punch yourself in the face. The taste of blood in your mouth will serve as a deterrent.

  11. #11
    Завсегдатай kalinka_vinnie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Sunnyvale, Cali
    Posts
    5,771
    Rep Power
    15
    Motivation is key. If you are top motivated, you will kick more ass than Chuck Norris after 10 double-espressos!
    Hei, rett norsken min og du er død.
    I am a notourriouse misspeller. Be easy on me.
    Пожалуйста! Исправляйте мои глупые ошибки (но оставьте умные)!
    Yo hablo español mejor que tú.
    Trusnse kal'rt eturule sikay!!! ))

  12. #12
    Почтенный гражданин
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Toto, we're back in Kansas! Oh, Crap!!!
    Posts
    663
    Rep Power
    10
    [quote=GabCNesbitt] However, I

  13. #13
    DDT
    DDT is offline
    Завсегдатай DDT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    I have given up the Gambling, the Wine and the Cows!.. I'm back now! ....nope Im gone again!
    Posts
    3,364
    Rep Power
    14
    Just get New Penguin Russian Course and go through chapter to chapter and don't move on tp the next chapter until you have memorized at least 80% of the vocabulary for that chapter. Keep a copy of vocab list next to the toilet! Very important!
    Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself. - Chief Joseph, Nez Perce

  14. #14
    Подающий надежды оратор
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    19
    Rep Power
    10
    I bribe myself.

    Seriously, if I get an "A" in my Russian course I'm buying myself the Lord of the Rings on CD. Or something similar, I may change my mind by December. It also helps that I'm trying to bump up my GPA for law school admissions (every little point helps.)

    For short-term study solutions, I use a stopwatch or other concrete measurement. I "earn" 10 minutes of guilt free fun for every 20 that I study; if I do well answering questions in class this afternoon I can listen to pop music on my MP3 player instead of my Russian files on the bus ride back to my car. That sort of thing. When gearing up for my university course I promised myself a steak dinner for completing a short list of prepatory activities. I'm going to get pizza for lunch tomorrow as a reward for having gotten all of my vocabulary for tomorrow's test memorized. If I have enough cash I'll let myself spend $20 at Half Price Books if I'm well prepared for the next test after that. If I get a good score on my oral quiz next week, I'll go kayaking with my sister for my birthday. Etc.

  15. #15
    Moderator Lampada's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    СССР -> США
    Posts
    17,637
    Rep Power
    32
    Quote Originally Posted by Dobry
    ...And the song, "Я спросил у ясена...". First Russian song I learned. Big motivator for me... this song pleases me very much.
    Я спросил у ясеня

    Песня Никитиных

    Я спросил у ясеня:
    "Где моя любимая?"
    Ясень не ответил
    мне, качая
    головой.

    Я спросил у тополя:
    "Где моя любимая?"
    Тополь забросал
    меня осеннею
    листвой.

    Я спросил у осени:
    "Где моя любимая?"
    Осень мне ответила
    проливным дождём.

    У дождя я
    спрашивал: "Где
    моя любимая?"
    Долго дождик слёзы
    лил за моим окном.

    Я спросил у месяца:
    "Где моя любимая?"
    Месяц скрылся в
    облаке, не ответив
    мне.

    Я спросил у облака:
    "Где моя любимая?"
    Облако расстаяло в
    небесной синеве.

    "Друг ты мой
    единственный, где
    моя любимая.
    Ты скажи где
    скрылася. Знаешь,
    где она?"

    Друг ответил
    преданный, друг
    ответил искренне:
    "Была тебе любимая,
    была тебе любимая,
    была тебе любимая,
    а стала мне жена".

    Я спросил у ясеня,
    Я спросил у тополя,
    Я спросил у осени...
    "...Важно, чтобы форум оставался местом, объединяющим людей, для которых интересны русский язык и культура. ..." - MasterАdmin (из переписки)



  16. #16
    Старший оракул
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    On 19 June, 1980
    Posts
    980
    Rep Power
    10
    Quote Originally Posted by DDT
    . Keep a copy of vocab list next to the toilet! Very important!

  17. #17
    Завсегдатай sperk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    США
    Posts
    2,284
    Rep Power
    13
    Just think that even though it's dull drudgery at first, it gets easier with each day. And the reward is the enjoyment you'll get when you reach your goal whatever that is. Many, many times i've thought of quitting or asked myself why the hell am I doing this, it's not FUN. But finally I'm getting to where I can understand the flow of a movie or read something without puzzling over every grammatical point or looking up every other word. It's been almost two years of daily study to get to this but it's worth it. I've studied alot of languages and Russian is not only the most difficult, it is far and away the most difficult, so it's also a feeling of accomplishment (of course that may not appeal to most!) I
    Кому - нары, кому - Канары.

  18. #18
    Увлечённый спикер
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    55
    Rep Power
    9
    Quote Originally Posted by DDT
    Just get New Penguin Russian Course and go through chapter to chapter and don't move on tp the next chapter until you have memorized at least 80% of the vocabulary for that chapter. Keep a copy of vocab list next to the toilet! Very important!
    That
    Russia is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.

    Winston Churchill

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  


Russian Lessons                           

Russian Tests and Quizzes            

Russian Vocabulary