At Crossing Borders Languages, we’ve heard every excuse in the book for why one cannot learn a second language. Excuses are easy to come by, but are just as easily debunked. If you have the motivation to learn a second language, you can overcome any obstacle to achieve your goal. In this blog, we will go over some of the most common excuses we hear, and why they don’t have to stop you from achieving your goal of learning a new language.
I don’t have the talent for it
In school, perhaps you thrived in math or science, but when it came time for your Spanish class, you felt completely lost. This may have put you in the perspective that you are just not cut out to learn another language, and there is no use in trying. This is a common, but misguided, excuse for holding yourself back from your full potential. It’s a common misconception that certain people are just naturally gifted in certain subjects, and if you are not one of them, there is no way you can master the skill. Some people might be naturally attracted to certain subjects, but their skill level is due to not only passion but hard work. Anyone who is willing to put in work can acquire a second language. Discover your motivation for learning your new language, set realistic goals, and don’t compare yourself to others, and you will be much more successful.
It’s too difficult
Perhaps you haven’t attempted to learn a second language because you are intimidated by the grammar and pronunciation. It’s common for people to decide they can’t learn Spanish because they can’t roll their R’s, for example. When first exposed to German grammar, many people run for the hills. While it is easy to be intimidated, keep in mind that no one expects you to have an instant ability to speak the language perfectly. There is a learning curve, and just because you need to spend some more time practicing, doesn’t mean that you won’t catch onto the intricacies of your new language. As long as you are willing to practice, practice, practice, you have nothing to worry about!
I don’t have the time
This is a common excuse for people to get out of doing anything: eating right, exercising, and yes, learning a new language. However, it’s not a matter about not having enough time; it’s about not being willing to make it a priority. One survey found that the average American spends about 2.5 hours watching television a day. If you were willing to stop watching as much TV and dedicate that time to a new language, you could learn it in no time flat!
I’m too old to learn a new language
This is one we hear a lot, but it has no ground to stand on! You learned how to drive when you were an adult, didn’t you? There are many different things we learn as adults and retain just fine. If you are willing to practice and study, you can learn a new language.
When you’re ready to stop making excuses and start learning, sign up for our adult language classes! Call Crossing Borders Languages today.