Motivational Stories - a Plus in
Your Language Learning

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Motivational Stories help you apply the first principle of language learning. Let me tell you this one...

"On the day of his death, in his eightieth year, Elliot, 'the Apostle of the Indians,' was found teaching an Indian child at his bedside.

‘Why not to rest from your labors now?' asked a friend. 'Because,' replied the venerable man, 'I have prayed God to render me useful in my sphere, and he has heard my prayers.

For now that I can no longer preach, he leaves me strength enough to teach this poor child the alphabet.
--S. Chaplin



After the turmoil of the Second World War, there was a young boy living in Russian-occupied East Germany. (OK, there were many, but let us focus on this little blond for a while.)

When he attended fourth grade he had to learn Russian as his first foreign language in school. He found this quite hard because of the Cyrillic alphabet, but as time went on he seemed to do all right.

When he turned 11 his family had to leave East Germany overnight because of the political orientation of his father. Now he was living in West Germany, which was American-occupied at that time. All children were required to learn English at school.

If learning Russian had been difficult, English seemed impossible for him. He had the impression that his mouth was not made for speaking English! His teachers struggled. His parents suffered. And he knew English was definitely not his language. But then something changed his destiny…

As boys usually do, he dreamed of better days. He loved to ride his bicycle to the airport and watch airplanes take off and land. He read, studied, and learned everything he could about aviation. He desired to become a pilot.

In the eyes of his mind, he could see himself in the cockpit of an airliner or in a military fighter plane. He felt deep inside this was his thing! (He created his own motivational stories.)Then he heard that to make this dream come true…

He had to learn English! ;o)

All of a sudden – to the total surprise of everybody – it appeared as if his mouth had changed. He was determined to face the challenge. With work, persistence, and patience, he was able to speak English!

Soon after turning 18, he started serving the West German Air Force. Later, he became a chief pilot and then an executive for Lufthansa Airlines.

Nowadays, Dieter F. Uchtdorf leads an organization with more than 13M members. He keeps traveling around the world to fulfill his assignments, and speaks English most of the time.

What made that difference?

He changed his motives. A new language captured his interested when he identified that as an essential tool to fulfill his mission.

Let me rephrase this last paragraph – as it contains the main concept of this chapter:

You will learn a language faster when you identify it as an essential tool to accomplish your highest goals.

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