What is your biggest obstacle to learning a language? Surprise: it isn’t skill. It’s fear.
Here are five ‘fear factors’ we hear often. We thought you might appreciate our thoughts about them.
Fear #1. I bombed high school spanish; I just can’t learn another language.
Did I just conjure up a Halloween nightmare? Slouching at your desk in Spanish class, not remembering a thing?
Join the club.
The classroom is one of the worst places for effective language learning. Sure, there are many passionate and effective language teachers out there. And there are many students who prefer the classroom.
But you’re not one of them. So cast out that evil memory.
Build a new memory with a method that works for you.
read more here: How to Overcome Failure and Spark Your Inner Linguist
Fear #2. My mistakes will sound stupid or offensive
What if I accidentally call someone a dog? What if I accidentally call someone’s mother a dog?
New words can be scary that way, not to mention new slang. But you want to get out there and use your new language!
What you need is someone to guide you.
Discover a method to learn language with a real insider; a friend who cares about your reputation because it’s also their reputation.
Read more here: The Secret to Surviving Embarrassing Language Mistakes
Fear #3. Learning [language x] will take too long.
On the other side of the window, life is happening in a different language. But you’re stuck in a classroom chained to a desk. For years. Serving time filling out verb conjugation charts.
Language is about connecting with people, not worksheets. So learn by living your new life!
Join your new community with a method that builds real language ability.
Read more here: Four ways storytelling skyrockets your fluency
Fear #4. I don’t understand the grammar terms in the textbooks.
Unless your mom was an English teacher, I’m willing to bet that you learned English without any grammar textbooks.
Relative clauses, prepositional phrases, past perfective subjunctive tense. If you really need that to learn a language, better study up on your mechanical engineering before you change the air filter on your car.
Leave the grammar jargon to the linguists.
Learn what “sounds right” in a new language too, with a method designed by a linguist for real people to use.
Read more here: How to learn a language without becoming a grammar freak
Fear #5. It’s too hard to remember strange sounds and words.
Human brains are hard wired to learn language – it’s what we do!
Did you know that unborn babies learn the sounds and some words of their mother’s language? Of course, unborn babies have nothing to do all day but listen.
Learning the new sounds and words of your new language is going to take a lot of listening, something that we often shortchange.
With focused listening and meaningful repetition, you can learn!
(Coming soon: How to use your smart phone to accelerate your language learning)
Which of these are your top fears? What would you do to overcome them?
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