Have you wondered why some people appear to be able absorb and speak languages faster than others? Maybe you think it’s due to some special gift that they possess or have inherited some trait from their parents. If that is what you think is the key to learning a language successfully, then let me share with you a few commonalities that all successful language learners do to learn a foreign language.
First of all, all successful language learners who learn a foreign language are determined to take it to the next level. Versus just sticking to the old classroom or textbook study method, he or she will use any and every effective method to learn a foreign language. There is absolutely NOTHING nor NOBODY that will stop them from achieving their goal. If that means moving abroad to a country where the language is spoken, or another highly populated area where the language is spoken, they will do it. If it means using a language tutor or forcing themselves to speak only that language with natives and not English, they are determined. When they get frustrated and discouraged, they don’t quit because successful learners recognize that it is comes with the territory.
Second, successful people who learn foreign languages recognize that language learning has a different purpose. It doesn’t serve for mere book smarts or to get an good grade in school. It is truly for the long term. People use languages everyday to effectively communicate with others. In school, most students today focus on jamming and cramming words in their brains with the effort of perhaps passing a test or an upcoming exam. When this happens, the most important aspect of language acquisition is lost and learners lose sight of the real long term benefits of really engaging and learning a foreign language.
Third, successful language learners are not afraid to take risks. When you learn a foreign language, you should expect and not be surprised nor feel let down when you make mistakes. This unfortunately is an aspect of language acquisition that can not be avoided. Some may run away or even frown at the idea of being corrected by natives when they are wrong. Even when someone mentions that their accent or pronunciation is not so hot this may hurt a person’s self-esteem. How can you overcome these fears? Versing running away from certain fears, whether these are word pronunciation, grammar, speaking ability, take the time to address them. By dealing with them you will become more confident with the language to later be able to effectively communicate it with others.
Language learning is hard and can present many challenges along the way, however, language learners that are determined to succeed at it, do. So if you have the goal of learning a foreign language, don’t give up. Keep persevering until you achieve your goal.