Adult Language Learner

I’m an adult. Can I really learn another language?

As an adult language learner, you might think: “It’s too late for me to learn English!” Does that sound familiar? Most people assume only kids are capable of learning another language. Well, guess what? That’s a myth we are going to bust today. It’s true that kids have greater neuroplasticity (the ability to form neural

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Blended Learning vs. Traditional Learning: Five Key Differences

Blended Learning vs. Traditional Learning: Five Key Differences What is Blending Learning? Blended learning is a blend of different learning modes and materials coordinated to help learners meet their own educational goals and objectives more effectively than learning in traditional environments. Blended learning combines the best aspects of online and instructor-led learning and is provided

Realistic Expectations for Language Learning

Realistic Expectations for Language Learning



When it comes to second language learning, everyone has a different opinion on what it takes to learn a language. Some people believe that learning a language is next to impossible, while others believe they can be fluent in a few short weeks. In reality, language learning is very different for every learner and there are many factors that affect the learning process.


Linguistic Similarities

One factor to consider when learning a language is the differences and similarities between the new language and the native language. All languages are different in sounds, vocabulary, and grammar. If the new and native languages have many similarities, the new language should be easier to learn than if the two languages have many differences. For example, languages like Spanish and French are easier for English speakers to learn because they have overlapping sounds and vocabulary as well as similar base grammar structures. However, if an English speaker chooses to learn a very different language such as Mandarin or Arabic, the process will take much longer since there are fewer overlaps and many of the base grammar structures are different.

Authentic Practice

Another equally important factor is the learner’s available time and willingness to practice. While many people set out to learn a language, they are not motivated to practice what they are learning. To be successful in acquiring a language, the learner must spend time actually using the language in all modes: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Taking the material learned in class and applying it in authentic situations is the best way to acquire and retain language.

While it may seem obvious that practicing leads to improvement, affective inhibitions coupled with the ease of relying on the native language whenever possible often result in the learner getting insufficient practice. For example, if two people in the same home are learning a new language, they could plan to speak in the new language together for an hour every day. However, many people don’t make this effort because they are tired after a long day of work or one person is less confident and becomes dependent on the other speaker. If there is minimal practice between lessons, the language learning process is very long and difficult.

The Benefits of Learning a New Language

The Benefits of Learning a New Language

It is no secret that learning a new language requires a lot of time and dedication. However, many people would agree that the personal, professional and health benefits of learning a new language outweigh the necessary cost of time and effort.

Personal Benefits

A Sense of Achievement and Self-confidence

Learning a new language is an extremely satisfying achievement that anyone can be proud of. Mastering a new language has been shown to facilitate the development of other cognitive and social skills as well. With the development of linguistic, cognitive and social skills, your self-confidence is sure to increase as well.

Enhanced Travel Experiences

Ludwig Wittgenstein, an Austrian philosopher, is quoted for saying “the limits of your language are the limits of your world.” Speaking a second language gives you the ability to communicate within a larger community both locally and abroad. Knowing more than one language can also greatly enhance your travel experiences since you will be able to communicate with more of the people you encounter around the world.

Improved Understanding of the World