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Challenges in Learning a New Language Without Any Prior Knowledge of It

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Challenges in Learning a New Language Without Any Prior Knowledge of It
on September, 13 2013
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Is having no prior knowledge of a language a hindrance to the learning process? The answer according to many is that there is no need for prior know-how. For some institutions that offer language courses, what matters more is that the learning process is perceived as enjoyable and this should be enough to fuel the appetite to accomplish something as daunting as being fluent in a foreign tongue. Learning a language must not be a chore. Rather, it must be something enjoyable and fulfilling for the learner. Even for the toughest languages courses available today, it seems that prior knowledge is not a requirement at all.

Discipline is definitely required

Dedication is necessary, for sure. In any learning endeavor, becoming fluent in a second or third language requires focus and discipline. After summoning the initiative to take on a humongous task, every language student must then maintain the discipline required to facilitate the process. There may be some people who are gifted with the facility to learn multiple languages, but without discipline, it would be impossible for anyone to complete any major achievements.

People also need to figure out ways on how to remain motivated. They need to remember why they decided to go through the process in the first place. If their motivation is to gain employment abroad where there are more lucrative opportunities for multilingual individuals, then this must continually be remembered so that they do not lose their focus especially when the lessons get harder and more challenging.

Immersion really helps

There are no requirements for tourism or business courses of a difficult language such as for instance Mandarin in many language learning courses these days. Beginners are accepted in comprehensive courses.

Most of the offers include a period of time immersing in the country where the language learned is the mother tongue. Aside from lectures, language students can also take notes as they involve themselves in the daily lives of the culture that they immerse in. Practicing and doing the drills is more fun when it is done outside the classroom and with people who speak the language naturally. For people who are learning a new language at a degree level, it is definitely tougher. The experience may be intense, but it’s been made easier by many opportunities to interact with local folk in cafes, supermarkets, and shopping centers.

Make smart choices

Learning a new language can be an arduous journey, but it can be less challenging when the right choices are made. People who are still not yet decided should explore volumes upon volumes of resources online that may help them decide what language to explore further. Reaching a certain level of proficiency in a language requires dedication and motivation and these are as important as innate language learning abilities. Formal classes require that credits be completed and students who fail to do so will not graduate. Before engaging in the very first step, it is important to make a choice that the learner will keep wanting to pursue, no matter how difficult and challenging the process becomes.

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