So you’ve made it…
You can now speak your new language well enough to…
1) Talk about more than just the weather. 2) Say more things than just “your country is nice” (Benny, is that you?).
You’re ready to travel to the country where they speak your new language.
When you’re there, you just go out and talk, right?
Well, you may want to think again.
You have it all planned out, don’t you?!
Travel the world, interact with natives, and feel like you’re one of them.
Maybe even emigrate to a sunny place and start a new life there?
Your new language could unlock it all for you.
It’s there for the taking.
The only problem?
You don’t want to learn a language at all.
When you travel, do you prefer to go with someone else?
If so, you’re missing out my friend.
Accompanied travel is limited travel.
By traveling with someone you are limiting your experiences.
Yeah, traveling with a friend can be cool. But it’s not the real cookie; not the real adventure.
To experience that, you have to go alone.
It is almost impossible to find a language learning app today that does not put it at the forefront of the learning process.
Gamification can certainly help when it comes to motivation, but it also disguises what the real reward of learning a language is.
The real reward is not a stupid looking hat for your childish avatar, or collecting coins that ultimately prove useless.
It’s easier for women to learn a language than it is for men.
Women are better socially.
Higher levels of empathy make them better listeners.
They may have better memory…
And it is more socially accepted for a woman to study or practice her new language publicly.
So this post is for men.