Do you always find your students lack of motivation in improving their English? If you do, then you might want to stop giving them harder homework. Or stop teaching them using vocabulary cards. Or stop asking them to memorize 5 new words every day. Or stop forcing them to take a remedial test every time they failed in the previous test. Or stop all of your conventional teaching methods. You want to give them a space to relax and start to talk to them heart-to-heart.

Maybe, you also need to re-motivate your students and remind them about the importance of English. Do not only say that English is an important international language, because some language experts say that English is not the #1 anymore, but there are Chinese, French, Germany, or even Russians!

If you have a plan to re-motivate your students, you can use the following popular quotes about learning languages that I took randomly from many websites. Of course, they are adjustable to be delivered in your English class. They might be a short quote. But they have very deep meaning. Enjoy!

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart. ‒Nelson Mandela

One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way. ‒Frank Smith

The limits of my language are the limits of my world. ‒Ludwig Wittgenstein

Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can; there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did. ‒Sarah Caldwell

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. ‒Chinese Proverb

You can never understand one language until you understand at least two. ‒Geoffrey Willans

To have another language is to possess a second soul. ‒Charlemagne

Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own. ‒Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going. ‒Rita Mae Brown

Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow. ‒Oliver Wendell Holmes

Learning a foreign language not only reveals how other societies think and feel, what they have experienced and value, and how they express themselves, it also provides a cultural mirror in which we can more clearly see our own society. Chancellor Edward Lee Gorsuch

A different language is a different vision of life. Federico Fellini

If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world. Ludwig Wittgenstein

A man who knows two languages is worth two men. French Proverb

You live a new life for every new language you speak.  If you know only one language, you live only once. Czech proverb

Knowledge of languages is the doorway to wisdom. Roger Bacon

One who speaks only one language is one person, but one who speaks two languages is two people. Turkish Proverb

Change your language and you change your thoughts. Karl Albrecht

Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things. Flora Lewis

A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language. Gaston Bachelard

Language is not a genetic gift, it is a social gift.  Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club -the community of speakers of that language. Frank Smith

Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages. Dave Barry

…the only normal way to begin speaking in a new language is to begin speaking badly!! –Greg and Angela Thomson, Growing Participator

Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language. –H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Learning languages is like learning history from the inside out. It encompasses the battles of ethnicity, religion, compromise, politics. So much can be learned from language because it’s been shaped by history. –David Webb, The Bourne Sanction, Eric van Lustbader





  1. February 15, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Albrecht sure knew what he was saying.
    Been quite a while, khadis. You’re doing OK, mate?

    • February 23, 2016 at 6:29 am

      Hey 😀
      I’m fine, anyway 😀 Just little bit “busy” now 😀
      How are you there?

      • February 24, 2016 at 6:30 pm

        It’s good to know. And I’m doing OK, by the way. 🍸

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