There are few excuses for not being able to learn a new language.
With the Internet being as accessible as it is to many, there are countless ways to learn almost any language. I, for example, chant praises for Duolingo; despite offering a fairly small, yet expanding, selection of languages, it is the most effective language-learning resource out there. Memrise is also a wonderful website, geared towards learning vocabulary in particular. Best of all? Both are absolutely free!
You are never too old or too young to begin speaking a new tongue. In fact, it seems to me that learning a language supports memory and numerous cognitive functions; plus, it provides enjoyment and a fun way to pass the time on a rainy day. Never say never; if you put your mind to it, you can do it.
You do not have to travel anywhere or buy expensive software! As I previously mentioned, there are more than plenty of amazing resources out there that cost absolutely nothing. Rosetta Stone, perhaps the most recognizable name in language learning, has been acknowledged as ineffective and, quite frankly, a waste of money by many. Also, why travel when you have Skype? You can practice a language with native speakers that want to help you and learn your language? It doesn’t get easier than that. To find conversational partners, I recommend italki.com. Professionals are also available for a fee.
But why should you learn a new language? For one thing, it makes you feel accomplished! Wouldn’t it feel great to be able to walk up to a group of friends and say, “Well, I am now fluent in Mandarin Chinese! (or French, or Pig Latin, or whatever language you decided to learn)? On top of that, you can communicate with native speakers (obviously). This comes in handy, especially when living in a big city with large ethnical diversity. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.
Why else should you learn a language? That’s for you to discover.
Why are you learning a language? What language are you learning? Don’t forget to leave a comment! Thank you!
This could be YOU!