You probably recognize the following scenario:
You’re in an important conversation in your target language. Then suddenly, your vocabulary seems to shrink to: Yes, No and Thank You.
Call it stress or nerves, fact is it makes you feel as if all the studying you’ve done has been worthless.
It’s not your fault that you think a language should be learned quickly.
They’re all in your face about it.
In order to sell courses, the claims they make can’t get much crazier sometimes.
With so much hype, you may actually start to believe you can learn fluent Mandarin in 3 weeks…and without any effort on your part.
I haven’t always been successful at learning languages.
When I was younger I tried to learn another language several times.
Only to fail every time…and usually faster than Donald Trump can say “tremendous”.
After each failure it would take years for me to try again.
Failure can hurt, you know. And the hurt would always lead me to the same conclusion:
When learning a new language many negative thoughts can plague you.
But one stands out as probably the most destructive thought a language learner can have.
Think it enough, and it could be curtains for your language dreams.
What thought it is?
The word studying has gotten a bad reputation in the last few years.
Mention the word and you see people cringe in agony.
To study is to die a long painful death due to immense boredom.
Language bloggers who dare to use the word, risk the chance of being called old fashioned and outdated.
We no longer study a language, we learn it instead.