11 language quotes to turbocharge your learning

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We all struggle with motivation now and again – especially when it comes to something as difficult as learning a language.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve figured out how you like to learn, or which way helps you learn fastest.

It just happens – your brain just whirs to a halt, and for neither love nor money can you will yourself to get back on that learning wagon. 

My cure for snapping out of it? I take a look at motivating language quotes. They help me find my centre, and remind me that I’m working towards something great – something worth pushing myself to achieve.

Check out 11 of my all-time favourites language quotes. Have a read, and leave a comment if anything of them turn out to be your motivation cure.


1. The capacity to learn is a gift. The ability to learn is a skill. The willingness to learn is a choice.

2. Mistakes have the power to turn you into something better than you were before.

3. Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.

4. Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.

5. Aim for progress, not perfection.

6. You live a new life for every language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once.

7. Learning a language is not a destination, but a journey.

8. Be humble. Be teachable. And always keep learning.

9. One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.

10. Your accent doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.

11. One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.


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