“A different language is a different vision of life.”
My history with foreign languages
I started studying English at school when I was 8 years old. I’d say that at the time learning foreign languages was kind of new in my town. I continued my journey with English language through all my schooling life and yet, I feel I have learned the most from comics and video games. I guess that what sticks the best is when your attention is at its top.
I seriously learned English when I moved abroad, meaning that I could actually use in real time all I have learned. That being said, people made fun of my accent and pronunciation, all being sort of grammar-nazi and whatsoever. That did not help me to learn much, but being a proud person, I thrived to improve for myself. After all, Italian is the most popular language… Only in Italy.
Before moving to Brussels I committed to learn French. In a nutshell: I never spoke it my first year in Brussels because I could not articulate a sentence. However, active listening helped let sink in majority of the colloquial language and from a day to another, I found myself speaking a sort-of-French. An intensive course at ULB was my passepartout to real fluency and to get a job in Slovak Republic.
Let’s move forward to 2016, once I moved to Bratislava. I started learning German at first, due to the popularity for business in Western Europe. I switched to Slovak a while after, because it made more sense to learn the current language after all.
I think to be one of the slowest language learner as of now, as I moved from Zero to A1 in 3 years.
I was so annoyed with my lack of progression in learning Slovak that I actually forgot the amusement I experienced when learning French.
That being said: I moved from Zero to A1 in one month, altogether. I always considered Slovak to be a difficult language, until I got in the right mindset. Now it is been a while since I seriously started. In countries like SK, you need really get ahead with the local language if you have higher interests at stake – such as doing business locally, acquire assets or invest on a project.
In retrospect: I could have learned much earlier and much faster. I also saw many people engaging in courses and paying money without getting any result. Fault of the teacher? You can think so, but I guess that one must focus on his/her own weaknesses rather than external factors.
Then, let’s go ahead to the key question here.
What is stopping you from achieving fluency?
You can be among many that, like me, started to learn with great enthusiasm and grow bored or frustrated very soon. Here’s some of the limiting factors that I found along the way on my journey with English, French, Slovak and German.
Reasons to be bored
- No opportunity to practice in real life
- No clear application by manual of specific rules in the real world
- Learning is time consuming and achievements may not match expectations
- In long term, feeling pointless if it is a trendy hobby more of a real need
- Repetition of lesson learned is time consuming, slow and annoying
Reasons to be frustrated
- Being discourages when people speak too fast for our understanding
- Hard to memorize tons of words, grammar rules and constructs
- Falling always behind the desired learning progress
- Feeling to be no match for this language – other people are more talented
- Getting stuck on some classes because things cannot simply stick to our mind
Maybe you honestly did ask yourself…
“Is really talent what I am missing here?”
“Why the fun part of learning faded over time?”
“Is there actually a way I can experience the new language in the real world, effectively”?
The point I am trying to make is that learning a language is both a game and a serious commitment. The truth is that we often blame factors that have nothing to do with our personal capacity, rather with our motives.
Talent is not innate! We aren’t incapable to achieve a skill – simply, we don’t know how to learn it.
And if beside that, maybe you are not really happy with traditional systems like books or classrooms. Maybe you feel lack of commitment once you’re on your own.
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“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”Ludwig Wittgenstein