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Can Anyone Learn A New Language, Or Am I Just A Bit Thick??

Sep 6, 2008
Will it take me forever to learn?

Some languages are definitely more difficult to learn, but there really isn't a language that is impossible. Probably the difference between the two is the amount of time that you have available to dedicate to learning, and your own will to succeed. As an example, it will take you less time to learn a language that is similar to your native language or to another that you are already proficient in.

You can be looking at a period of around 3 months, if 80% or more words are common with your mother tongue, or 6 months if you don't have quite so much time to give to studying to become fluent For other languages you may be looking at 2 or 3 years. It is always much easier to learn a new language if you can spend a good amount of time surrounded by people who speak this language, rather than having to learn from a book.

Can anyone learn a new language?

It is possible for almost anyone to learn almost any language if they find the method that best suits their own personal learning capabilities. Whilst there are a few people that are simply lousy at learning langages, it is more likely that the reason they believe that they cannot learn a new language is because that is what was dinned into them at school. Forget that and start anew with a positive attitude!

You don't have to have any special skills to learn a new language effectively, you just need to have an effective method of learning. Almost anyone can learn, whether they are gifted or not, whether they have a good or a bad memory...don't forget, you learned your native language didn't you!

Most people can speak a language like a native if they live in a country where they have to speak it all the time, especially when they are young. For all the others, learning to speak a language without accent is very difficult, something very few achieve. But nonetheless it is possible to learn to speak a language with fluency, to be able to express your thoughts with finesse and understand all the intricacies in the speech of the natives.

The best way to learn is to set targets. Logically, the first of these would be to speak and be understood. This would be hotly followed by being able to understand (this can be difficult due to the variations in local accents). These goals, and your ability to keep pushing them onwards, are the difference between a gifted language student and an average one.

Learning a new language should be fun, so don't think that you have to spend each and every day bashing away to try to improve your skills so that you can eventually speak like a local.

Instead, just keep it relaxed, whilst still trying to improve your skills with new words or expressions, or simply work on your pronunciation. Aim for the top and with determination, you will get there!
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About the Author: Clare Innes has a selection of health, exercise and lifestyle websites, including one showcasing Americas best selling method of exactly how to learn a new language ...and in under 8 weeks! Look out for more websites in the 'First For....com' series that is under development.
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