Just like learning a martial art, mastering a foreign tongue requires ① time and effort (which is the real meaning of the term “kung fu”), ② the proper blend of “self-study” and “sparring,” ③ a great deal of patience, and ④ a focus on mastering the basics instead of always chasing flashy new moves or words. Read on for tips on how to put more “kung fu” into your language learning.
“OK. Everyone knows that quote by Woody Allen or whoever about showing up. You know, 80% of winning is showing up. Well, Woody Allen, that daughter-dating scoundrel, lied to you. The truth is 80% of winning is showing up is a bunch of bull! Because, in fact, 100% OF WINNING IS SHOWING UP. I mean it. Thats all you have to do. Show up. Be there. And it will take care of itself.” —Khatzumoto, AJATT