You Too Can Learn Foreign Languages

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					You Too Can Learn Foreign Languages If you are a native speaker of English, then
statistically you are going to have more difficulty learning a foreign language than a non
native speaker. This has nothing to do with lacking an ability to learn foreign languages,
but more to do with laziness, but why is this? Well, quite simply, the English language is
the most commonly spoken language in the world. Therefore, the need to learn foreign
languages for native speakers of English is much less than a non native speaker who
wants to get on in the world. I don’t know the exact figures, but there is something in
the region of 400 million people who speak English as their first language, and almost 2
billion who have at least a basic proficiency of it. So, as you can see, English is the most
widely taught and understood language in the world today. All this said however, doesn't
mean that native and non native speakers of English are not seeking to learn foreign
languages other than English. Being bi-lingual, or multi-lingual even, is not only a great
asset, but is simply a joy to be able to communicate in other tongues. Obviously, the best
time to learn foreign languages is at an early age, but that doesn't mean it's mission
impossible for adults of all ages to master a new language. In fact, my grandmother
studied French after she retired and became a fluent speaker in just 2 years of part time
study. Mind you, she did spend her winter months in the South of France so she got
plenty of practice. But the point is that anyone can learn foreign languages if they really
put their mind to it, but you have to really want it to succeed. Most foreign languages can
actually be easier to learn than English, as the English language has lots of weird rules
that are not found in other tongues. Obviously native speakers are somewhat oblivious to
these rules, but non-native speakers will soon tell you that say Thai was easier to lean
than English for example. Remember, the most difficult thing regarding leaning a foreign
language is getting started. Once you make a start, be it in school, online, or a home study
course, all you need to do is adopt a little patience and persistence, and you'll be amazed
before you're half way through. Keeping it simple is also imperative. It's far too easy to
stray away from what's in front of you and go off on tangents in a bid to research things
outside of your immediate lesson. To learn foreign languages can be great fun. It doesn't
matter what language it is, there are some basic things that all languages have in
common. I'll put them below for your reference, and maybe they will help you to keep
things uncomplicated when starting your new course. In every language we do these 3
1. Ask questions
2. give answers
3. Make statements In every language we talk about 3 things:
1. People
2. Places
3. Things In every language we refer to these 3 times:
1. Past
2. present
3. future Yes, there's a lot of filling-in to do, but I've always used the above as my
    foundation, and as a consequence I'm fluent in 3 languages and have a basic
    knowledge of a forth. Good luck! Andy Maingam is a proficient writer for the website
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