3 mentalidades para desbloquear seu inglês

3 mentalidades para desbloquear seu inglês

Aprender uma língua não envolve apenas palavras e a forma como colocá-las juntas em frases. Envolve também emoções, identidade, cultura e sentimentos. Falar uma língua com sucesso significa ter a preparação mental para ser capaz de incorporar aquela língua a sua rotina e identidade, assim como entender o que é necessário para ser um aprendiz de línguas durante a vida toda. 

Eu precisei de muito tempo para entender e internalizar as atitudes e mindsets necessários para ser uma aprendiz de línguas de sucesso. Se eu tivesse tido acesso ás informações desse post, talvez eu não tivesse demorado tanto. Esse post vai ensinar três mindsets para desbloquear e acelerar o seu aprendizado de inglês.


  1. Assista ao vídeo com as legendas em inglês para aumentar seu vocabulário e habilidades de leitura. 
  2. Desafie-se a resumir em inglês o conteúdo do vídeo assistido. Você pode resumir os principais pontos falando-os em voz alta (para si mesmo ou para um amigo) ou escrevendo-os para trabalhar suas habilidades de escrita em inglês.
  3. Ouça apenas o áudio primeiro, sem ler o texto do post. Você também pode fazer o download do áudio e ouvi-lo em seu carro a caminho do trabalho, no ônibus ou academia. O áudio foi gravado num ritmos mais lento especialmente para aprendizes de nível iniciante e intermediário. Após ouvir o áudio algumas vezes, volte ao post.
  4. Leia o texto enquanto ouve o áudio. Você pode também ler o texto do post em voz alta para praticar sua pronúncia. Lembre-se de ler o artigo parte por parte, não todo de uma vez. 
  5. Deixe um comentário ao final do post e compartilhe essa lição com qualquer um que esteja aprendendo inglês. Você pode até, quem sabe, montar um grupo de estudos e trabalhar com o material juntos! 
  6. Parabenize-se pelo bom trabalho. Essa lição foi longa, mas você manteve o foco e com certeza vai perceber uma melhora no seu inglês graças ao trabalho duro. 

Pronto? Vamos ao trabalho.



The word mindset refers to an established set of ideas, attitudes, and assumptions that shapes the way we see ourselves and the world. It greatly influences the choices we make and the way we behave. Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck says mindsets "guide our entire interpretation process".  I love this simple definition in Portuguese: “Estado de espírito; maneira de pensar”. This description in Spanish is spot on because it explains mindsets as social structures: “Las estructuras sociales que son expresión de la cultura." Because mindsets are established and enforced by our own experiences as well as socio-cultural pressures, they are super hard to change. And that is why we are starting the Step Stone blog with this post.


Mindsets are incredibly powerful. Internalizing the right language learning mindsets can help eliminate negative thoughts and habits, and increase your motivation and productivity. Elas formam uma base forte para o seu crescimento. There are so many myths and pressures around language learning–I have to speak with perfect grammar! Ninguém nunca irá me entender se não falar com sotaque nativo! You must go abroad to automatically learn the language!–that it can be intimidating and sometimes hard for us language learners to believe we will EVER learn and live comfortably in another language. These myths build a wall that prevents us from learning a language. Eles representam a inibição e intimidação.

How do I know? Incredibly intelligent and capable students all tell me similar stories:

  • tenho este bloqueio com o inglês muito forte
  • a gente sente um bloqueio, acaba falando e errando
  • o ego gera mecanismos de bloqueio...medo de falar
  • preciso destravar, parece que tenho um bloqueio com o inglês

It's time to break these barriers. In this article, we’ll learn the three mindsets to move your language learning FORWARD, not hold it back. It took me a decade to truly internalize these concepts, and I won’t let that happen to you. Não vou deixar não. Memorize them now, and use them as your mantra when you get discouraged about your language learning progress.

  1. Language learning is not linear.
  2. Language is not fixed.
  3. Language learning is not magic.

1: Language learning is not linear.

When I moved abroad to Madrid, Spain, I was SURE that, if I worked hard enough, I would speak Spanish perfectly by the end of my program. Gracias, with a perfect Castellano accent. After nine months, my Spanish was...good. And then I moved to the south of Spain and nobody understood my Madrileño accent. And then I moved back to California and Mexican-Americans didn’t understand my Castellano accent. And then I moved to Costa Rica and los Ticos didn’t understand my Mexican accent. (You get the point.) My Spanish journey hasn’t been linear because language learning, like life, is. not. linear. Does this look linear to you?

It’s easy for us to think language learning is linear because many societies see any type of progress as a straight road to your final destination. Typical American examples:

  • Professional life: [start] school, college, entry level job, promotion, higher level job, retirement [finished!]
  • Personal life: [start] live with parents, move out for college, live with roommates, live with partner, get a pet, get married, have children [finished!]

So we also think if we work hard enough, our language learning will move in a steady, consistent ascent toward language learning perfection. And then we get mad at ourselves when we don't reach that point. But celebrating small steps, two steps forward and one step back (and then another to the side), is much more realistic than trying to run fast toward an invisible finish line.

Most successful language teachers and learners know that our language learning depends heavily on factors like context (where you are, who you are talking with), routine (if you have a system of learning and daily habits of practice), and emotion (your attitude about the target language and culture, how you're feeling when you try to communicate). On a Monday you will feel confident and speak without any mistakes. Tuesday, you might be homesick, and forget every single word in the language. An hour later, somebody will give you a compliment. (Ela fala melhor que a gente!) Suddenly all the words come back, and you speak fluently again. This very common situation can make you feel crazy and confused if you think of language learning as linear. 

We CAN improve over time, and progress will get faster the more you practice. But @@don't wait until an imaginary end to celebrate your language learning successes.@@


  • will not compare ourselves to other people’s progress because we know that every person’s language learning journey is different, and
  • will be patient with ourselves if our progress isn’t linear because we know that language learning depends on a variety of factors, not just how many days, months, or years you study.

2: Language is not fixed.

Language itself is not fixed; it’s dynamic, constantly changing, and always evolving. Languages are born, and some die. Words come (to google) and go (RIP: jollux, brabble, freck). Human beings are constantly transforming languages, creating new slang on street corners and inventing business terms in multinational meeting rooms. Change happens because of many reasons, like migration, colonization, or good old creativity. In an interview with Dr. Guy Deutscher, author of The Unfolding of Language, learning activist David Boulton of Children of the Code confirms that language "is always a dynamic process with creative and destructive elements. It's always changing." The word hangry in English is a perfect example that language is not fixed. (A junção de duas palavras em inglês hungry = famito e angry = irritado.

This word wasn't "correct" or "standard", but it creatively became part of the language, and today is in the Oxford dictionary. Another example of dynamic language is the gradual grammar shift away from the use of the word whom

When we believe language is fixed, we stress out about learning the one “right” way to say something. As language learners, we often want an “answer” and are afraid to communicate until we have it. But answers are sometimes wrong or simply don't exist because change is inevitable, in life and in language.


  • will not be afraid to make mistakes because @@we know our mistakes are part of the same creative process that made the language in the first place@@, and

  • will remember that fixed words and ways of speaking do not exist because languages are in constant movement.

3: Language learning is not magic.

Learning a language isn’t magic; it’s constant work. It’s fun work, but it’s still work. Many people start learning a language–with no preparation or plan–and stop after a month or two. They say, “I’m just not a ‘language’ person.” or “I can’t learn because I’m too old.” or “I’m not 'good' with languages”, “Não sou ‘bom’ com idiomas.” Other people expect they will move abroad and simply “pick up" the language. Bippity Boppity Boo! 

In fact, how well you learn the language depends, again, on a variety of factors. The study habits you develop, the learning material you choose, the attitude you have. If you haven’t learned the language like you wanted until now, it’s probably not a lack of natural capabilities, but most likely a psychological barrier (fear, resistance) or some type of external factor (scheduling, digital distraction). Sure, some people are naturally better at certain skills, like language learning, but other traits like attitude and hard work have much more impact than we realize. Author Richard St. John lays out 8 traits people could continuously focus on (in a nonlinear manner) to be more successful. (See images below.) He also reminds us in his TED talk, "There is no magic [in success]; it's practice, practice, practice."

When we forget language learning takes work, we give up too easily and stop studying. 


  • will make positive attitude a priority because @@attitude matters as much, if not more, than aptitude@@, and

  • will organize and plan our language learning system because we want to set ourselves up for success.

Agora, nós adoraríamos ouvir sua opinião: Qual foi o conhecimento mais importante que você adquiriu nesse vídeo? Como vai colocá-lo em prática na sua jornada de aprendizado de língua? Conte para nós comentando abaixo.

Lembra-se, compartilhe o máximo possível de detalhes na sua resposta. Milhares de aprendizes e professores de inglês incríveis vêm aqui toda semana para se inspirar. Seu conhecimento pode ajudar alguém a ter um significativo avanço em suas próprias lutas ao aprender inglês.

Importante: compartilhe suas opiniões e ideias diretamente nos comentários. Links para outros posts, vídeos, etc., serão excluídos, pois podem parecer spam. 

Muitas vezes, podemos nos criticar, pensando que estamos fazendo algo de errado por achar que não progredimos tão rápido quanto outros a nossa volta. Espero que essa conversa ajuda você a dar um suspiro de alívio ao perceber que nenhum de nós é um super humano e que na verdade não existe uma linha de chegada no aprendizado de línguas.

Muito obrigada por assistir e compartilhar o post do blog. Vamos fazer isso juntos, let's make it count!