Everyone has at least some experience of learning other languages, whether in a classroom, on holiday, at home…
Things that you think nothing of, such as saying “Hola” to the locals when on holiday in Spain, still count as learning a language. No matter how small the phrase, you have still learned part of a language. However, if you choose to take this further, learning other languages can lead to some amazingly rewarding experiences.
I’ve always found that during the first few months of learning a language it can be hard to see yourself ever being able to hold a conversation, and a defeatist attitude can easily take hold.
Unfortunately this has got the better of me on more than one occasion, which is a shame because once you get past it the experience can be so gratifying.
Here in Britain we don’t learn a great deal about our own language, but if you do ever come to study your language it can be a fascinating experience. We all speak our native languages without any thought, but learning why we say what we say can help us when learning other languages.
One pearl of wisdom I heard during my school days came from my Spanish teacher who asked us “how can you expect to learn another language when you don’t even know your own?” This seemed like a ridiculous question at the time but when I began studying the English language it made learning other languages seem a lot more logical.
Believe it or not, there is logic in everything we say, and understanding that logic can help us to become more precise in other languages.
Just think, with languages behind you, the world is your oyster! But if you don’t have the language you need, you’ve always got Lingua Translations!
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For more information about the diverse range of languages we work with, please visit our languages page.