These tips from former Canadian diplomat Steve Kaufmann are good motivation for anyone struggling with learning a foreign language.
The one tip I would share is that you really aren’t too young to begin learning. It may be easier to learn a language in your youth, but you are definitely more than able later in life.
Listen wherever you are on your MP3 player. Read what you are listening to. Listen to and read things that you like, things that you can mostly understand, or even partly understand. If you keep listening and reading you will get used to the language. One hour of listening or reading is more effective than many hours of class time.
The 5 Keys to Success in Foreign Language Learning – [PickTheBrain]