One of the first questions that students ask us here at ILSC Education Group is how long do I need to take classes to be able to speak Spanish, French, Mandarin, etc. The problem, is that this isn’t the right question to ask. What do students mean when they say “speak the language”? Do they mean being able to order a coffee or do they mean being able to hold a conversation about existential philosophy? Knowing what to expect when learning a language can help to learners to avoid frustration that can result from having an unrealistic or unclear idea of their progress. Check out the following tips below to learn how to sustain your motivation when learning a new language by setting realistic and achievable language goals.