What is your inner language learner’s Hogwarts house?

Imagine Hogwarts was a language learning school: you’d learn subjects like Study of Ancient Tongues, History of Linguistics, Care of Endangered Languages and Defense Against the Fear of Speaking.

Those would be the most epic 7 years of your life. Luckily you’re not a monolingual muggle, or you couldn’t be there!

You would, of course, be sorted into one of the four houses depending on your personality and attitude as a language learner.

So, where would the Sorting Hat place you?

language learner's hogwarts house

Gryffindor

Their daring, nerve and chivalry set Gryffindors apart.

Gryffindors are known for their bravery and boldness. You belong here if you are unafraid to speak from day one and you dare to open your mouth soon into your learning journey.

Talking to strangers is no big deal for you. Whenever you have a chance, you start a conversation in your target language even if you’re still a beginner. You work your way around words, you make the most of the simple grammar structures you know, and you focus on communicating your idea without worrying about mistakes.

A speech contest in your target language sounds like fun for you. You wouldn’t prepare a script, but you’d go in front of the crowd and improvise. You’d make a few accuracy mistakes, but your verve and confidence would charm the audience.

For you, the most important thing about learning a language is being able to express yourself and to communicate with others. Grammar is not your priority: you don’t have time to spend on books, you want to live the language in the outside world!

Strengths of a Gryffindor language learner

Bravery, confidence to talk from day one, no fear to make mistakes.

Weaknesses of a Gryffindor language learner

Lack of attention to grammar and accuracy.

Learning tips for a Gryffindor language learner

Try to find fun ways to incorporate grammar studies into your learning routine. It’s true that you don’t need impeccable syntax to be understood, but you won’t get to an advanced level if your grammar is all messed up.
You can work on one structure at a time: learn the basic theory and put it into practice on the first occasion. Try to notice your mistakes and to polish your speaking bit by bit.

Hufflepuff

Those patient Hufflepuffs are true and unafraid of toil.

Hufflepuffs are patient and hard-working. If you’re not looking for instant results, but you know that progress will come only through study and effort, then you’re a Hufflepuff.

You don’t mind practising vocabulary over and over again: you know that you need consistency and hard work in order to improve. Even when you’re stuck on a learning plateau, you don’t lose your motivation. You’re confident you’ll break through it by studying every day.

You created an effective learning habit and you stick to it with great self-discipline. This way, you keep getting better slowly but surely.

You don’t like showing off your skills, so you often keep your progress to yourself.

For you, the most important thing in language learning is the personal gratification you get when you realise you’re getting better. Your favourite rewards are being able to read a novel, to understand your favourite series without subtitles or to get by in your target language when you’re on holiday.

Strengths of a Hufflepuff language learner

Patience, consistent learning habit, hard-work.

Weaknesses of a Hufflepuff language learner

Not acknowledging your achievements.

Learning tips for a Hufflepuff language learner

Be proud of your results and celebrate yourself from time to time. Think of your before and after in language learning and give yourself a big pat on the shoulder. This will help you get more clarity on what you did and what you still need to work on. Don’t be afraid to share your positive results with others and to start speaking: you’re much better than you think!

Ravenclaw

Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.

Ravenclaws are intelligent, witty and sharp. You’re one of them if you’re a bit of a bookworm and a grammar geek.

You like studying complicated rules, finding exceptions, spending time on textbooks and theory. Difficult explanations are an exciting challenge for you. Doing grammar exercises is one of your favourite ways to pass the time. You create your own learning strategies, which sometimes are quite unique. You’re fast at understanding new topics and have a good intuition for the language.

You are a perfectionist and you want to speak with accuracy and correct grammar. That’s why it takes you a while before starting to use the language. You also tend to be competitive towards other students.

For you, the process of learning itself is already a reward. You are more interested in expanding your knowledge than in using the language to communicate with others. Often, you feel more at ease with books than around people.

Strengths of a Ravenclaw language learner

Intelligence, love for studies, good intuition for grammar and rules.

Weaknesses of a Ravenclaw language learner

Perfectionism and being competitive.

Learning tips for a Ravenclaw language learner

Try to let go of your perfectionism and of your fear to make mistakes. They are the most powerful learning tool and it’s important to let them happen.
Also, don’t compare yourself to other learners. Everyone has their own journey, their strengths and weaknesses. You’re not in competition with anyone, except maybe with the older versions of yourself.

Slytherin

Slytherin will help you on the way to greatness.

Slytherins are cunning and ambitious. If you aim at becoming a polyglot and at being fluent in several languages, this is the best house for you.

You are creative and full of resources. In your spare time, you read articles about language acquisition and you’re up to date with all the best hacks to memorise vocabulary and learn grammar. You’re the first to try the latest apps and websites and you are ready to spend a little extra money to buy the best resources.

Your balanced and innovative study routine is a big source of pride for you. You try to fit language learning even on the busiest days and you like to excel in what you do.

Sometimes, you tend to be overconfident and you rarely accept suggestions from others. You believe your study method is the most effective and you rarely question it. You are too proud to ask for help to a teacher or a fellow student.

For you, the ultimate goal is to be fluent in several languages. You want to be a source of inspiration for others, and someone they look up to because of your outstanding achievements.

Strengths of a Slytherin language learner

Self-confidence, ambition, resourcefulness.

Weaknesses of a Slytherin language learner

Not questioning their methods and not asking for help.

Learning tips for Slytherin language learners

Accept that you, too, have some weaknesses and don’t be afraid to ask for help. When you face a big challenge, go to another student for advice or consider studying with a private teacher. They might have ideas for you to overcome your obstacles and make things easier for you. You don’t need to solve every problem on your own.

I am definitely a Ravenclaw learner, with a bit of Hufflepuff for consistency and a sparkle of Slytherin when it comes to asking for help.
What about you? Which house (or houses) represents you best? I’m so curious to read it in the comments!

Psst! Have you noticed? No study method is wrong, no attitude towards language learning is wrong: you’re awesome the way you are, with your strengths and your weaknesses. šŸ™‚

Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with Pottermore or the Harry Potter franchise. I wrote this post out of admiration for J.K. Rowling’s work and passion for language learning.

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Iā€™m Elena Gabrielli, introvert, grammar geek & proud Ravenclaw :)
I teach online Italian and beginner Japanese to introvert students who want to learn without pressure and I share tips for shy and anxious learners.

8 Comments

  1. Angela Williams
    29th December 2017 / 1:14 am

    Iā€™m Slytherin with a bit of Hufflepuff!!! This post was so much fun

    • Elena
      29th December 2017 / 11:14 am

      Thank you, Angela! I hope that your Hufflepuff consistency brings you where your Slytherin ambition dreams then šŸ™‚

  2. 30th December 2017 / 7:29 pm

    Hufflepuff it is, with a touch of Slytherin! With my motivation and consistency running low… but still going. Thanks for the fun post!

    • Elena
      8th January 2018 / 10:30 am

      Hello Marie, thank you!
      That’s one good combination, very well balanced. šŸ™‚ I hope the new year can be a fresh start for your motivation and consistency.

  3. 6th January 2018 / 2:11 pm

    I am a LOT of Gryffindor with a touch of Slytherin šŸ˜‰

    • Elena
      8th January 2018 / 10:32 am

      Wow, you must be so good at communicating at a very early stage of your language learning then. A skill I wish I had, too!

      • 8th January 2018 / 6:59 pm

        Sigh I wish I was the same now. I used to be so confident with my Italian and now it’s all so confusing. Another problem is I am better at “vocab” than grammar. So I don’t give the latter much importance.

        • Elena
          15th January 2018 / 9:39 am

          We all have times when we are not at our best in language learning – I hope your confidence will come back soon.
          If grammar is not your biggest strength, it’s OK not to worry about it too much for now. Knowing vocab you can start speaking, and correct grammar will come with practice and with imitating how the natives speak. Good luck! šŸ™‚

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