Learn a Foreign Language Why Not

Learn a Foreign Language? Why Not?



You may want to learn a foreign language but are not sure if you should. You are not alone – many people around the world would like to be trained in a second, even a third language.

Why would you want to learn another language? Being trained in one requires time and energy on your part. So it is important to be clear as to why you choose to learn a new language.

Some people want to learn another language because they are relocating to another region of their home country, or even a new country altogether. This skill will allow them to talk to and mesh with the locals. If your first language happens to be English, it will be to your advantage if you imbibe the local language since it shows that you are interested in the country that will be your home for some time.

On the other hand, other people choose to learn the language which their friends, relatives, -in-laws, or life partner speaks because they want communication with them to be easier. Doing so makes it less difficult to understand their culture and way of thinking. 

The reasons for learning a new language are simply endless.


So how do you go about absorbing a new language? The first thing you have to know about learning a new language is that it is a skill. This means you must know the ideas and concepts behind the language and at the same time get your body used to relying on that language through reading, writing, listening and speaking. Practice makes perfect.


Here are a few tips that should make the process of learning a bit easier:


  • Do practice verbally what you are imbibing. This involves holding conversations with a friend so you are practicing speaking and listening, or using tapes so you can play them back and check on your pronunciation.


  • Write down what you are speaking. This way you are able to create a neural link between writing and speech.


  • Do practice every day. You should not cram all the knowledge into just an hour before your exams; rather, you should try to learn at least a bit everyday so you can practice on your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.


  • When you feel more confident about your current skills, you should sometimes go over previously-studied vocabulary words and topics. Remember that this activity of learning a new language has cumulative effects – meaning your new skills are founded on the old ones. If you develop familiarity with old data, you will find it easier to work on new information.


  • Be willing to goof at the start – nobody is perfect. This is why little children succeed at learning new languages – they do not feel self-conscious about making mistakes and so are able to practice new skills with ease.


So do not worry that you might not be the best student in your foreign language class. We all have to crawl before we learn how to walk. So take your time, study diligently and - most of all – have fun!