One of the most essential aspects of language learning is motivation. However, maintaining motivation, especially if you are learning outside the country where the language is spoken, can be difficult.
The problem with losing motivation is that if you don’t practice for a while, your language skills start going backwards. If you are motivated, you will find all sorts of opportunities to practice and progress in your language, so that even after a few months you can be significantly ahead of your classmates who don’t have this motivation.
Here are some ideas for keeping your motivation high:
Keep your goal in mind, and keep it fun. Centre your learning around practical activities and real communication. Learn with others. Learn in an enjoyable environment. Buy textbooks that are too easy rather than too hard, and that progress in slow, achievable, step by step chunks. Stay away from methods that promise fluency in a week/3 months, etc. These will give you unrealistic expectations and go too fast to be enjoyable. It is almost impossible for even the most motivated learner to progress through to the end of these books.