1. Get To Know Why
Clearly define your goal at the very beginning and then plot a route towards this goal’s achievement.
2. Get Sticky
Map and label your immediate environment in the new language from the very first moment. You’ll build and reinforce associations passively while going about your daily life.
3. Get A Partner
There are few better motivations than a peer with the same goal. Whether you’re motivated by competition or a sense of mutual responsibility, the mere presence of a learning partner is likely to exert just the right amount of pressure to keep you on track.
4. Prepare Mini-Motivations
You need landmarks on your route towards your goal. These landmarks can consist of small challenges - real life interactions in the language, for example - which force you to prepare areas of vocabulary to overcome them. The gratification that will come with their completion will serve to spur you on to ever greater heights.
5. Eat The Language
Find a way to tie everything you do to learning. Surround yourself with the food, the music and the films, so that even in your downtime you can prime your mind towards the language and perhaps trigger further areas of interest and motivation.
6. Use What You Already Know
The greater the depth of processing, the more likely the information will be remembered. Find pleasure in drawing parallels and making comparisons between the language(s) you already know and your new language.
7. Variation is the spice of life
So you have your route plotted and an idea of your favored methods, but do remember to try new things; your new language has just as many sources as your native language.
Try something new every day. Listen to a cheesy song, read a newspaper article from a newspaper whose politics differ from your own, write a story for kids, attempt some improvised theatre and talk to yourself while cooking. Spice it up and add some flavour to your language learning!