Learning a Language is Too Expensive!

Myth #5: It’s too expensive to learn a new language, I can’t afford it! Truth: It doesn’t have to be expensive! There are ways to learn new languages that are very inexpensive. Please do not use money as an excuse for not learning a new language. Years ago, when we lived in Kolkata, India, we […]

Myth #4 “I’m not smart enough.”

Myth #4. I’m not smart enough to learn a new language. Truth: Yes, you are! Many adults feel that they are not smart enough to learn a new language. Although it takes a lot of hard work, most adults (even with learning disabilities) can pursue and learn new languages as an adult if they know […]

Language Learning Myth #3

Myth: There’s a magic resource: a certain book, a certain CD, by “immersion only” or only with a “native speaker” to really learn the new language. Truth: Buying a particular book or CD (or any particular resource) doesn’t ensure that I’ll learn a new language! There is NO magic pill! In medicine we want “the” […]

Language Myth #2

Myth #2: It should be EASY to learn a new language! If it’s hard, then something’s wrong. Truth: It’s HARD work to learn a new language. It is NOT easy! You’ve been lied to by commercial vendors and programs that want to make a quick buck when they say that it’s quick and easy! The […]

Language Myth #1

Let’s talk about some myths associated with language learning. There are many myths and false beliefs about learning new languages that may cause adult learners to quit studying their new language. Why do they stop studying before attaining their language goals? Myth #1: I can learn a new language fast! I should be able to […]

Language come from People

Ralph Waldo Emerson is attributed to saying, “Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.” Living languages aren’t something established by linguistic authorities. Although rules and norms are established by such institutions, languages are built by the people who use them. Language is part of who we are, […]

World Englishes

Today, English is considered one of the most pervasive languages in the world. It has a wide range of native speakers and non-native speakers scattered throughout the continents, and it is often used to communicate as a shared language, or “lingua franca”, in universities, businesses, and governments. What do you think of the influence of […]

Take Action!

Edward Finegan, in his book “Language: Its Structure and Use”, begins to defend the idea that language is more than merely communication. He states, “Language is social action, with work to perform. It is a system that speakers, writers, and signers exploit purposefully. It is used to do things, not just report them or describe […]

Tenacity in Language Learning

Persistence is important to language learning. Sometimes, learning comes easy, and we feel like we can do it all day. At other times, studying a language may be the last thing we want to do for 100 different reasons (or excuses). Louis Pasteur once said, “Let me tell you the secret that has led to […]

Learn a Second Language!

Geoffrey Willans, a British author and journalist, once said, “You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.” Learning a language can help broaden your understanding and see how your own language works better! It can open up opportunities and draw you closer to people who are different! Do you want to […]