Even at old age, you can still learn a new language.
But you gotta let go of certain prejudices that exist about older language learners.
These prejudices hold you back from even giving it a go.
When readers ask me for specific tips for older learners, I always share my two rules for older language learners with them.
The rules aren’t tactical. They’ve got more to do with the mindset of older learners.
Here they are.
If you want to get fluent in a new language:
You’ll have to go get Fluency, it won’t come to you by itself.
Too many people are sleepwalking their way through language learning.
They have too much of a Come-To-Me mentality, instead of the superior Go-Get-It mentality.
With the Come-To-Me mentality, you can do a lot of language learning without making strides.
You’re busy, but not really advancing.
Most experts agree:
Extroverts are better language learners than Introverts.
If you’re an Introvert, you’d better learn to change your personality or you’re doomed. You won’t be able to learn another language well if you’re an Introvert.
Well, what a load of ……..
The idea that Extroverts are better language learners is only partially true and hurts Introvert learners.
Let’s get straight to the point:
There’s no ideal fixed amount of daily time you should spend on your language learning.
There is a right amount, though.
While it’s sometimes a good idea to schedule a fixed amount of daily language learning time, I now believe you won’t optimize your language learning time this way.
Not all days are created equal, and thus, the time you spend learning each day should take that into account.
Many language learners worry about translating in their heads.
And since many people agonize about it – experts rush to prescribe all kinds of methods to cure you from your translating-in-your-head disease.
I’m sure they have good intentions, but it’s a problem that doesn’t really exist.
If you’re a beginner or intermediate language learner, don’t sweat it:
It’s normal that you translate in your head. It will go away on its own with enough speaking practice and exposure.