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People commonly get burned out when studying foreign languages, therefore it would be good to know strategies for avoiding burnout in the first place. What are known preemptive practices, mental habits, and other techniques to help with preventing burnout from ever becoming an issue when learning a language?

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    It's not Chinese-specific, for one. This new question is more general, so maybe some will answer it. "Burnout" is subtly different from "motivation", which could have either short-term or long-term implications ("burnout" is more long-term stress-oriented). Finally, this new question also asks about taking steps to avoid burnout in the first place, not just dealing with it once it occurs.
    – AML
    Jul 19, 2018 at 15:11
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    @JayA.Little We avoid opinion-based questions here. In what way is this question "opinion-based"? Aren't there any objective sources about this topic?
    – Tsundoku
    Jul 19, 2018 at 15:20
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    @JayA.Little You can read more about opinion-based questions on this site here: languagelearning.meta.stackexchange.com/q/54/85 How I see it, we've kind of settled on allowing questions that request widely used/proven techniques, since well-defined techniques can be objectively described. If this kind of question was not allowed, we'd likely only be able to accept questions about history and cognitive science, topics both of which already have SE sites.
    – Hatchet
    Jul 19, 2018 at 21:16
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    @AML Point of clarification: I think there is a difference between absolute burnout and losing motivation. One is a point of cognitive exhaustion (possibly not preventable with a given workload), while the other is a matter of incentive (definitely something that can be helped in a language learning-specific context). Could you specify to which you refer in this question?
    – Hatchet
    Jul 19, 2018 at 21:27
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    @Hatchet I associate burnout with your first option.
    – AML
    Jul 19, 2018 at 23:31

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