• What is Flow?
  • ...in everyday life
  • Not for students

You can't acquire flow through
'language study'

Contrast the flow experience that native speakers often have with the experience of a student of Spanish after one year of study. For the most part the feeling of flow is lacking. In its place is the experience of 'effort' or 'trying to remember' of 'thinking in English and then translating into Spanish', of sometimes 'feeling lost' and 'feeling awkward' or 'feeling unskilled'. The process of communication is still very self-conscious and not (yet) automated.

Flow in language can only be acquired through some form of immersion.