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Language Expert Explains How Our Moods Can Affect the Ways We Learn a New Language

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new study has revealed that a negative mood can affect how you process language, making you more likely to notice errors and inconsistencies in things you read. 

The study, led by the University of Arizona, found that participants in a negative mood were more likely to detect and remember errors in written text. 

The findings have significant implications for fields such as editing and proofreading, but most importantly, they have notable implications for language learning. 

Amy Pritchett, the languages expert at Preply, has suggested that these studies show that your mood is extremely important when it comes to learning a new language effectively:

“The recent discovery that being in a negative mood can affect how we process language is important. The study highlights that we’re likelier to notice errors and inconsistencies in a written text when we’re in a negative mood.”

“However, for individuals learning a new language, this heightened attention to detail when in a negative mood could lead to frustration, as the language learning process is often filled with errors and inconsistencies.”

“Therefore, language learning should be balanced with positive reinforcement to avoid the learner becoming demotivated. Creating a positive learning environment, where the learner feels supported and encouraged, can help to mitigate the negative effects of a cynical mood on language learning.”

What’s the relationship between learning and mood?

The relationship between mood and learning is a complex one. A positive mood may benefit language learning because it can lead to greater motivation and engagement. 

However, it’s not clear if negative moods specifically could aid in learning a language despite the evidence of the study. With language learning being filled with inconsistencies, it could become frustrating and demoralise the learner. 

What’s the relationship between learning and stress?

Studies have shown that moderate stress can enhance memory consolidation, but excessive stress can have the opposite effect and impede learning.

Certain mental illnesses associated with low moods, such as depression and anxiety, can affect one’s motivation and concentration. Ultimately, this can obstruct language learning.

What kind of learning environment works for emotional well-being?

It’s important to understand that every individual is unique, and their emotional state can affect their ability to learn differently. 

Therefore, it’s essential to create a conducive learning environment that considers the learner’s emotional well-being, to ensure optimal language acquisition.

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