Many people live with a dream to learn a foreign language but don’t really do anything to achieve it because they’re sure they can’t. Can they? Here’re some distractive beliefs that can keep people from learning languages:
“It’s hard”. Yes, many people don’t start because they’ve already decided it’s not doable for them. But why not give it a shot?
“You need to have a talent/good memory”. You don’t need anything special to learn a language. You already have everything you need. I believe that learning languages is not about having a perfect memory or being born with a talent. It’s about using what you’ve got. How? I actually have a book about it, it’s called “My key to nailing any language”. If you have desire to check it out – link is at the end of the article.
“You need to visit a certain country”. You don’t have to go to other country in order to practice a language. In fact, I know people who went abroad and came back with no result. Surely, new environment pushes you to adopt, but if you’re stubborn enough you might not J Anyway, don’t see it as an ultimate option for learning a language. It’s not for everyone. If you prefer to learn a language without leaving your comfort zone – feel free to do so. I assure you, if you do everything right, you have a big chance at succeeding.
“You can’t learn a language just by yourself”. When I entered my university I had never learned German before. And I really wanted to see if it’s possible to learn a language only at uni. Turned out, it’s not. See, it doesn’t matter how great, smart, amazing your teachers are, no one can learn a language for you. Going to class and hoping that’s it – not really a right thing to do. YOU – that’s what it takes to learn a language. Other people can only help. But YOU are enough.
“I will never be able to remember/learn/understand this”. It’s ok to have such thoughts till you know that it’s not true. It’s not about ability; it’s about time and desire. When I started watching movies in English I thought that there’s no way I can understand their speech. When I first saw the list of German irregular verbs I thought the same thing. However, I didn’t give up and eventually succeeded. Sooner or later you’ll nail everything! Just give it some time. And dedication!
This article is taken from the book “My key to learning any language” that you can get here: