Whether this is your first time as a foreign language learner, or you’re already a pro, the type of learner you are will help you understand what you need to do (and NOT do!) to get the most out of your learning experience.
As always, we want you to feel comfortable and confident while studying English with us! When we point out characteristics that might not be seen as positive, we do so to help you, to guide you onto a more positive learning path, and to give you the tools you need to be a successful English learner. What type of learner might you be? Let’s take a look at the 5 top types of language learners and see!
Right off the bat, this type of learner is easily recognizable. (Admittedly, some of us are this person, on occasion!) The know-it-all is the person that thinks they already know everything there is to learn about a subject, and will come to class ready to boast what they think they know, even if they’ve barely gotten past the first chapter in the book.
A know-it-all is also usually identified by not having a very good accent, by not knowing grammar rules very well, and having a rather limited vocabulary. However, the one characteristic that ALL know-it-alls have in common is a high level of confidence.
THE SHY GUY/GAL
In most ways, this type of learner is the opposite of the know-it-all. However, this type of learner actually knows a lot, but is hesitant to share! This person is usually very good at taking tests, is a great study buddy, and they are notorious perfectionists. Don’t be fooled by their shyness!
This person is often very good at the language they’re learning, but they tend to begin and end every conversation with negative comments about their own language skills. Modesty aside, if you are a self-deprecator and you continue to talk about your abilities in a negative way, others will resent your negativity and they might not take you seriously!
Instead of focusing on the negative, try turning those comments into something more positive! For example, instead of saying “I’m so bad at speaking English,” you could say “I’m a new learner and my English might not be perfect, but I’m determined to do my best!” 😃
THE BEAST MODE LEARNER
Usually, “beast mode” is a positive term that means you’re performing a task in an intense, hardcore way. In this situation, it’s a reference to Marshawn Lynch and his infamous press conference stint (he showed up just so that he wouldn’t get fined).
This type of learner simply shows up to class in order to do the bare minimum and pass. If they don’t show up for class, their grade will likely be lowered. So, they show up, make minimal effort to participate, and are basically only there to guarantee a passing grade. (Pro tip: don’t be this learner!) 😅
THE OBSESSIVE LANGUAGE LEARNER
This type of learner will find every opportunity available to learn, practice, and be immersed in a new language. This person is also commonly in a romantic relationship with a person that speaks the language they are trying to learn! 😆 They believe that the best way to learn a language is through immersion, and what could be more immersive than dating someone who is already fluent in that language, and is a representation of the culture? (We can think of a couple other ways, but this one sounds like the most fun! 😆)
At Go Natural English, we LOVE having fun, and we want you to have fun while you learn with us! Do you fit the bill of any of these types of learners? Check out our video below, and tell us in the comments!