Tuesday, November 17, 2009

How fast can you learn a language?

When you start learning a new language, the kind of questions that come to your mind might be:
1. How fast can I learn a language?
2. Can I at least speak a minimum level in a given time?
3. Can I learn this language or not?
4. Will I be able to get the required resources?
and many more...

Let's try to answer these queries in effort to solve all the inhibitions you may have towards learning a new language.

1. How fast can I learn a language?
Learning a new language solely depends on your interest and enthusiasm level. If you are interested and enthusiastic about it, no body can stop you from learning it very fast. If you can maintain you level for first 30 days of starting, then you can easily pick up workable version of any language.

Start with understanding structure of sentences. Once you have done that, all you have to do is keep learning new verbs and keep fitting them into that structure and of course keep talking.

After, some time when you become comfortable with these move to more difficult level. Watch movies, talk to people or native speakers and improve. All these should not take more than 3 - 4 months to become a good speaker. Of course the expertness will come over time.

2. Can I at least speak a minimum level in a given time?
I would say that start with as much resources as possible to learn a language. Buy a language course, get audio CDs or MP3s, talk to people on internet, if native speakers are available keep talking to them as much as possible. All these gives you opportunity to learn as and when you want and helps you in easy progress. Keeping less resources hinders learning as it might not be available at time you are interested the most.

3. Can I learn this language or not?
This is a question you should answer, as this is again related to your enthusiasm level. Nothing is impossible in this world. You can learn any language, all you need is enthusiasm and interest.

4. Will I be able to get the required resources?

This is really a simple question. Open your eyes and you will find unlimited resources for any language on internet. Rocket Languages is one such resource. They have courses for all the most sought languages of the world. Resources should never limit your learning.

and many more questions you may have, you can post them in comments and I will try to answer them.

Happy learning!

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