A couple of weeks ago, we asked you four simple questions in a survey. They were all related to your perception of linguistic talent. A person emailed saying “But they’re all the same question!”, which was not the case. Let’s dig deeper.
There were 76 people who responded. The questions were sneakily structured.
You see, two of the questions asked if you agree with the “fixed mindset“, and two of the questions asked if you agree with the “growth mindset“.
This terminology comes from the book Mindset by Dweck, as recommended by Bill Gates.
Fixed Mindset Results
Do you see that big red part of the two pies above? That’s the majority of participants not agreeing with the fixed mindset. That’s fantastic!
We agree that you’re not stuck with “I’m not a languages person”. It’s your approach that will swing you towards success, and that approach can be learned.
Growth Mindset Results
Big blue slices of pie, delicious! Participants agreed that you can change your linguistic challenge substantially. Dweck in her book agrees with this view. You’re not stuck with who you are, you are rather stuck in ways to approach problems, and you can change those ways.
What does this mean?
Are you holding back from trying Bitesize Irish Gaelic because you’re “not a languages person”?
It doesn’t actually matter if you’re a “languages person”. You can change your ability over time.
The most successful learners of the Irish learners I have come across are people who:
- Make the Irish language part of their daily life (listen to Raidió na Gaeltachta)
- Appreciate what they have already learned, rather than beating themselves up for what’s still left to learn
- Reach out to others (like on recommended Facebook groups, just for example)
Are you a “non-languages person” who feels they did get somewhere with learning a language? Let us know in your comment below.