ways to motivate yourself to learn a language


Podcasts are a simple and digestible media form, and it is extremely easy to multitask while listening to them. In our language podcasts, we will discuss  interesting facts about Languages and sometimes even Grammar.

Our usual podcasts are categorized into  3 levels: easy, medium and hard however,this episode is different. Here, we will talk about how to motivate yourself to learn a language. 


In this podcast I, Nalini Elvino de Sousa will be talking to Marina Nédio, my friend and colleague. We both teach Portuguese and we will be sharing with you some of the Portuguese vocabulary used in the social media: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube.

Duration: 20:29


Nalini: Hello! My name is Nalini Elvino de Sousa and welcome to Travel and Learn Goa. 

Travel and Learn is a podcast for travellers and language lovers. We have 2 different sections: one is travelling and the other is language.

In the language section we have 3 levels: easy, medium and hard but today’s podcast is different. Is about how to motivate yourself to learn a language.

Today, I decided to talk to a very good friend of mine. Marina Nédio!

Olá Marina! Hi!

Marina: Hi! Olá Nalini! Hi!

How are you? Como estás?

Nalini: I am great! Marina, remind me, where do you live exactly?

Marina: Aveiro! Moro em Aveiro. E tu?

Nalini: Eu moro em Campal. I live in Campal, in Goa. Campal is part of Panjim and Panjim is the capital of Goa, as you know. 

So, Marina and I have different level students who are learning Portuguese with us now. And what we were discussing the other day, is that, sometimes, our students don’t have enough time to study.

I mean, they don’t have time to go through the notes of the class, practice new vocabulary like we always advise them to do….but there are many ways to practice without sitting with your notes and books, isn’t it Marina?

Marina: Yes, yes. When I start to travel, I decide to change all my social media to English as a way to be in contact with the language.

It’s interesting because this was a long time ago and I still have Facebook, Instagram, the email…I still have it in English.

It’s a good way of being in contact with the language.


  • Share with us ways you have to motivate yourself to learn a language.

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Follow the any of the links to practice vocabulary connected to social media like Facebook and Instagram. We also have an interesting game with emojis. 


There are a few things I do to motivate myself to learn the beautiful language of Portuguese:  I have downloaded Google translate and I listen to Portuguese songs, so as I do that I google the lyrics or certain words so I can sing along. It also helps me understand the lyrics and the meaning of the song. I love to cook and hence I read recipes that are in Portuguese and google the words that I am not aware of. I also listen to online material to under and get the pronunciation correct. I have joined a lot of Portuguese groups on the social media and I read the comments and try and respond to them in Portuguese. Also I grab the first opportunity to speak to someone who fluently speaks in the language to help me get better.
Sabrina Couto
Algarve - Portugal
I look upto to someone who speaks or learns a foreign language, which was never his mother tongue but now speaks it fluently. I find my motivation within to learn a new language as it opens many doors for me in my professional and personal life. It’s not only the language that we learn, we learn their culture, cuisine, history etc. It builds confidence within you to speak to more people. Changing the language settings on the phone to the language that you are currently learning is very helpful as mentioned in this podcast.
Sleeton Simao Fernandes
Raia- Goa
I am partial to cue cards so I have them in all shapes and sizes pinned up above my study table. I write words, sentences, phrases in the new language so that I can refer to them as I go about my day - turning my computer on and off, taking a break from work, etc. And yes, I also talk to myself in the language I am learning!
Sonia Filinto
Mumbai, India