Learning a New Language
If you are faced with the task of learning a new language it should not be intimidating no matter what age you are. The world’s most talented polyglot, Mezzofanti, was able to speak 40 languages fluently so one new language may look less intimidating with his example in mind.
People decide to learn new languages for a multitude of reasons some of which include romance, the desire to travel to an exotic location, changing a work location, a drive to discover one’s roots, and for some out of a need to intellectually challenge themselves.
If you have not yet decided on a language, you may want to consider what your motive for learning a new language is. Those who want a moderate challenge may want to choose a language that closely resembles their own, for example learning a Western language or learning a new Asia language if you are from one of these regions.
Others may want to learn a new language to increase their marketability in the job market or to communicate with a wider group of people. If this is the case French, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish are all prevalent languages that are spoken throughout the world.
Once you get started learning a language you will see that there is a wide variety of textbooks and aids available to you, or indeed loads of courses. Some of the most basic items that you will want to acquire include course books, phrasebooks, dictionaries, audio lessons, and mp3 player lessons.
Due to the fact that many people have a much harder time accurately speaking a language than reading a language as they study it, it is helpful to hire a tutor or enrol in a local class, or course. The ability to practice what you are learning is a very key element of mastering a new language. The most popular in the UK are likely to be French, Spanish or German courses which should be available at a local night school.
When you start learning a new language you will also want to make sure that you set a scheduled time for yourself to study it. At first you will be more dedicated to your task, but as time moves on you will find yourself less enthralled with the idea and will need the structure in order to continue at a decent pace.
Also, when learning a language you need to be aware of the timeframe that you can expect to begin speaking fluently. For every person the rate of time it takes to get a working understanding of a language is different, however, realistically you cannot expect to master a language in just a year or two.
Thus, before you start the task of learning a language you need to be willing to invest in your project if you want to see it through to completion without getting frustrated or burnt out.