Learn A Second Language

It’s not that difficult to learn a second language – depending upon what language you want to speak. Some languages are a lot easier to learn for people whose native language is English. Among the easy-to-learn languages are Spanish, Italian, German, French and many other European languages.

However, languages like Mandarin, Japanese, Hindi, Arabic or Turkish are a lot more difficult to learn. The reason is that some languages that are more similar to each other than others.

Take for example the word “and” in the English language. The German word for and is und. Take the word end. In German it’s Ende. Take the word give. In German it’s geben or gib. Red? Rot. Green? Gruen. Purple? Purpur. So while these words are surely not identical, they are clearly related.

Now let’s look at Japanese: Red? Aka. Green? Midori. Purple? Murasaki. These are of course just some examples, but pretty much the only words where you can find relationships between English and Japanese are “modern” words that emerged in the past 50 years, with the advent of a more globalized world. The same is true for most Asian and African languages.

So learning a second language can be an easier or more challenging task, depending upon your choice.

If you’ve never learned a second language, and you’re just starting out, it might seem like a daunting task: thousands of words to learn, the right way to pronounce them, grammatical rules and so on.

But fortunately, our brains are made for learning languages. Even if you believe that you are somebody who has no talent for learning languages, it’s much more likely that you simply haven’t found a language learning strategy that fits your learning style.

Reasons To Learn A Second Language

There are many good reasons to embark on this journey:

  • it keeps your mind fit
  • more success in your professional life – foreign language skills are in high-demand among better-paying employers
  • it helps you to better understand different cultures and perspectives
  • if you travel abroad, speaking another language will allow you a completely different experience from travelling like a normal tourist
  • boost your self-confidence and impress friends, family, coworkers and neighbours

You can also watch this video if you need some motivation to get started:

What’s The Best Way To Learn A Second Language?

There really is no quick and easy answer to that question. However, depending upon which language you want to learn, there are methods that will help you to make learning a lot easier, a lot faster and a lot more fun.

I highly recommend you stay away from the “classical” approach of language learning though. The way that students learn languages in school is pretty much the slowest and most ineffective way of learning a language – and the only reason why it’s still being taught that way in schools today is because it’s also the most convenient way to teach a language. It’s good for teachers, schoolbook publishers, and the people in the education system, because if they would start integrating better language learning methods into the public school system, it would mean a lot of work on their part, and teachers would have to be retrained.

Leave a Comment