We live in a society that tends to celebrate youth, and this extends to their abilities to learn. This doesn’t help the fact that many of us feel that we’re getting too old to adopt a new skill or start on another career path. A lot of this negativity is self-directed, and when it comes to learning another language, we often discourage ourselves by thinking that it’s too late for us to start, that younger people are more successful in these endeavours.
While it’s certainly true that multi-linguism can be easier with the benefit of youth, it’s not impossible to achieve later in life. By applying some energy and useful tools, we can become fluent conversationalists. That said, we also need to be mindful of how we approach the challenges that childhood learners aren’t privy to.
So what are the differences between learning as an adult as opposed to a child? What strategies can old learners employ to mitigate the difficulties of age? Let’s take a closer look so you can get started in receiving the vast cultural benefits of adopting a new tongue! Continue reading
In our multicultural world, speaking only one language can hold you back on several levels. Those who can speak more than one language enjoy increased job opportunities, for example, while also expanding their worldview. Additionally, there are plenty of cognitive benefits of learning a new language, from helping to improve your memory to providing a creativity boost.
And those benefits can happen for language students of all ages. While the consensus is that it’s easier, at least on a cognitive level, to begin learning a new language at a young age, it’s never too late to dive in. A university environment can be equally, if not more, enriching experience than learning a second language in a primary or secondary school setting.
For starters, your adult vocabulary is likely richer than ever, providing greater opportunity to grasp a second language. Language and culture immersion opportunities are usually much more ubiquitous in post-secondary settings as well. Let’s explore the nuances of learning a new language in university versus secondary school, and ways to access lessons no matter your age. Continue reading
If you were bilingual as a child or you’ve learned a second language as an adult, your valuable skill can make you more satisfied as you progress through life. Not only will you be more cultured overall, but your job prospects and future could be more promising than for those who only speak one language. In fact, individuals who are bilingual on at least an intermediate level could earn more than other job candidates.
Now is the time to start using your special skill to your benefit. To get started, let’s talk about how your second language can give you a leg up on the competition, potential jobs that may best suit your talents, and how to describe your language and proficiency on your resume. Continue reading
Learning a language takes a lifetime of practice to master. Although theoretical study using books and classrooms is a good way to start, at some point you have to use what you learn if you’re serious about developing your language skills.
One of the best ways to take your language studies to the next level is by immersing yourself through living in a country where people speak the language. Living and working in a foreign country may be your best bet to improve your French, German, Chinese, or whichever language you choose.
You’ll not only develop your language skills but also open the door to making new friends from different cultures. Additionally, living abroad provides the opportunity to try new experiences that will create memories that will last a lifetime. Learning a new language is well worth the investment. Here’s more on how you could prepare to live and work in a foreign country to learn a new language. Continue reading
Cultural immersion is a well-known and effective way to learn a new language. For instance, it’s been shown that students who are put in an immersive program where they speak at least 50% of the time in a foreign language show more progress in four weeks than most students in a classroom show in an entire year.
While uprooting your family to another country for a few months or even attending an immersive language camp may not be feasible, there are still plenty of ways that you can encourage this hands-on, immersive learning style as you and your loved ones go about learning a second language.
Our world is becoming increasingly connected. Technology has helped to expose many of us to cultures we wouldn’t have had access to just a couple of decades earlier. International travel has also become less expensive, opening up a world of tourism and immigration to more of us.
Increased international travel brings with it the challenges of communication. Many countries outside the U.S. have excellent education systems and teach English as a second language. However, there are still those travelers who may struggle with some complex conversations. As a result, there is an increased need for bilingual professionals in all industries.
Healthcare is one of the primary sectors that requires skilled linguists. The industry is responsible for the wellbeing of all members of the public, regardless of their own linguistic ability. We’re going to take a look at why bilingual staff are vital in healthcare, alongside tools and methods that are available to those professionals ready to upskill their communication abilities.
While some people take to language learning like a fish to water, other people struggle with even the most basic vocabulary. Learning a new language isn’t a simple journey.
But when you feel like giving up (or are mustering the resolve to get started), remember the myriad benefits that come with achieving bilingualism or even multilingualism. Knowing the lifetime value of learning a new language makes it easier to pony up the investment of time and brainpower.
Perhaps you’re a monolingual living in an English-speaking country like the United Kingdom. You might think there’s no need for you to learn another language. After all, so much of the world speaks English these days.
While it’s certainly possible to get by just speaking English, you’re missing out on perks and opportunities that could enrich your life. From monetary value and demand in the workplace to utility with increasing globalization and making friends from around the world, knowing the lifetime value of learning a new language will make you eager to schedule an online lesson.
About 43% of people around the globe speak two languages. There are many benefits to learning a foreign language. For example:
● It can improve your memory
● It boosts brainpower
● Increases the capacity of your mind in other areas
● Can improve your native language, as well
People have different motivations for learning a new language, which we’ll talk about later, but no matter your reason, it’s not always an easy feat. Learning a new language is hard and can often feel overwhelming, especially if it seems so different from your native tongue.
But, there are different tips and tricks you can use to make the process easier on yourself. It’s important to keep in mind that learning a new language is a lot like learning to communicate all over again. You probably don’t remember learning how to talk as a child, but the steps are similar. You’ll learn in a variety of different ways, including picture-based learning, conversing with others, and practice and repetition.
So, how can you make learning a new language less frustrating and even a little easier?