I know for a fact that learning something from biking to writing can be intense. No matter how easy it might seem, there are always challenges along the way.
And one of the hardest things to learn is a language. :0
I always question myself when others ask, “How do you speak such good English?” or when I hear such a question. I wonder, “How did I learn English? Did I copy someone’s speech when I was a kid?” I wonder the same for my mother tongue, Hindi. It felt as if I knew how to speak these two languages the moment I was born.”
But obviously, that isn’t true. So now, I want to learn a language to see how hard it can be! But when you get older it becomes harder to learn a language since you start getting engaged in so many things that you just don’t get time. Not only that, but it becomes harder to learn a language because either you know a language too well and it is hard for you to transition or it is hard for you to learn something this big over a process of time.
I feel all those feelings. I want to learn many languages. For example, I want to learn Japanese because anime and Japanese culture interest me. I want to learn Spanish because my brother is interested in going to Spain someday and if both of us learn the language, then we can communicate with each other. I also want to learn German so I can communicate with my cousin, uncle, and aunt in Switzerland where German is one of the official languages.
Speaking of official languages, Canada has two! English and French. So obviously I learn French in school too. And not only me, but my three cousins and brother will learn it too. Even my cousin in Switzerland! Yay!
But, if I want to learn a language then…..where do I start? Hehe, I’m here to help! Here are some steps that you may want to use when starting to learn a language!
- Setting a start date
- Giving it a go
- Being consistent
- What materials?
- How far?
Setting a Start Date:
When you want to start something new you should always have a date you want to start at. For example, I am going to start learning Japanese and Spanish this year during the summer since I won’t have any homework or activities to worry about.
Giving it a go:
There is a first time for everything: From riding a bike to learn how to drive. So is the same for a language. You want to test it out first. Maybe after the test, you might realize that you don’t want to learn any languages or maybe you want to learn a different language. But don’t be dishearted that learning a language isn’t for you. There are always other options!
After you know for sure that you want to learn a certain language, be consistent. Maybe study for half an hour each day or 3 hours a week, but make sure you are doing it in a timely manner because if you don’t, then you will lose the thoughts and things you have learned if you come back to it a month later.
So before you start, you probably need some resources or sites to help you study right? For example, apps like Duolingo or Babbel are common apps/resources people would use to learn a language. But what is there besides that? (Coming in the next blog post! Be prepared!)
Once you know a couple of phrases or some basic things of the language, you want to see how far you wish to go. Do you want to learn how to write the language? And then perhaps even learn to read the language. Maybe you want to continue learning how to speak the language. Or you’re just fine with what you have learned and want to stop.
So whatever language you want to learn from Italian to Mandarin, the road definitely won’t be easy! So be prepared and I’m with you! 😀