5 Common Myths About Learning A New Language Debunked
1. “I’m too old.”
My friend, age is simply a state of mind.
Many of us first start learning a new language during our school days. And even though there are theories stating that learning a language should be done before reaching a teenager, these have been proven to be false on more than one occasion.
New research has confirmed that you’re never too old to learn a new language.
For adults, learning a new a new language requires dismissing methods used in schools. Having access to native speakers in the chosen language is one of the best methods for adults to learn best.
2. “I’m not talented like you.”
As a trusted language institute in Dubai we can advise you first hand that there is little to no talent required when it comes to learning a new language.
By remaining focused, determined and with the right support with a close learning community ANYBODY can become fluent in any language.
Did you realise that over 60% of the world speaks more than one language?
The other 40% are very likely either using the excuses outlined in this blog post or feel that they don’t need to learn another language.
If you still feel after reading this that your not good enough to learn a new language then these words of the great Bruce Lee will surely help:
“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
3. “It’s not the right time or place for me.”
You know what? It never will be!
When you stop telling yourself this and when you finally take action, you will find that this excuse will become laughable when you hear someone else telling you the same excuse.
“If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything, is ready, we shall never begin. ” —Ivan Turgenev
The greatest way to handle this is to ask yourself, how and what do I need to get started? When learning a language you are quite literally spoilt with options to begin learning immediately.
4. “I don’t have the time!”
Sorry to interrupt you here, but you DO have the time, everyone has the time to learn.
From as little as only 15-30 minutes a day you can be well on your way to speaking German, French, English, Arabic or even Chinese.
If you only invest in 30 minutes of your day then this will equate to 10 hours per month.
Consistency and discipline play a major role in the learning process whether it be for a language, hobby or skill. Athletes don’t train once a week, they train every day and this is relevant to learning a language.
5. “I’m too shy.”
You’re not alone. When learning a new language for the first time and practicing, many students are embarrassed to try. This maybe due to the thought of failure or stepping out of ones comfort zone.
There is however a solution. Practicing speaking within a group of other students whom are learning at the same time and pace as yourself will help boost confidence and learning.
You will discover, like anything else, by practicing and reputation you will steadily build confidence and shyness will become a thing of the past.
The bottom line
An excuse is simply the easiest way out of doing something that will truly benefit you in the long term.
I hope that we have helped remove the roadblocks stopping from you from reaching your maximum potential and that you will start learning a new language today.
If you would like to take this opportunity and take action in learning a new language today then be sure to click here and learn more about Pomegranate Institute and find out how we can help you.