I am a little embarrassed to admit it but it happened. I cried in my Turkish class yesterday.
I’ve had a lot of my mind as we recently arrived to Türkiye. I’m homeschooling my kids, trying to adapt to a new culture, run a business and learn a language. It’s a lot.
The day after arriving Calvin and I jumped into 5 days a week 2 hours a day private Turkish lessons. Our teacher is great. He comes to our house and though he speaks English, he rarely speaks English with us—communicating 100% in Turkish.
Yesterday I was feeling overwhelmed. It was the 6th day of class and we were learning a complex topic in Turkish and I felt the tears coming. We had to write example sentences and every single one I wrote was wrong. EVERY one! And before I could help it I felt the tears slipping from my eyes.
To encourage me, my teacher said, “No, don’t worry, it’s okay. You’ll get it”. I had to excuse myself to try to regain my composure. I brought the tissues back to the table with me and I needed them a few more times throughout the class.
The Language Roller Coaster
Sometimes language learning can be an emotional roller coaster ride. We’re excited when we understand a concept. We’re frustrated when we don’t. We can get angry or upset by how slow the journey is going.
I want to learn Turkish fast. I’m here in Türkiye and I want to be able to communicate, but I’m so limited. Even though I’ve been studying Turkish every day for almost 8 months, my Turkish is still so basic. I get frustrated by my own limitations. Maybe you can relate. I hope so 🙂
But the thing is, we have to keep going.
I’ve accepted that learning Turkish is going to be a very long journey, many years worth even. I HAVE to go through this struggle or I will never get to the other side. No one can learn Turkish for me.
I could throw in the towel and quit because it’s so hard and sometimes it feels impossible, but I won’t. I will keep going one day at a time. Even though I’m making so many mistakes I can FEEL myself growing and getting better.
So I’m sure more tears will be shed, but I’m not going to give up. I hope that you don’t give up either!
Keep going after English! I’m here for you!
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