I Got 99 Problems But, Languages Ain’t One

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Have you ever tried an online language course but gave up halfway? Was the thought of memorizing all the grammar, vocabulary and also mastering the dialect a tad bit overwhelming? Honestly, learning a language is tough, and it is more challenging when you do it all on your own. However, through my years of learning, I have found a few things that have made the process a lot easier and more enjoyable.

Before we begin, let me share with you a bit about my language journey. I have been studying foreign languages by myself for six years, attempting to master European languages (Norwegian, German, Icelandic, to name a few). However, these languages are relatively uncommon. So early on, the pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar overwhelmed me at one point.

If carrying conversations and working through intricate pronunciation is an obstacle for you, having mock conversations with yourself is rather handy. Essentially, these “pretend” conversations are a great practice to know where your weak spots are. Plus, you can do it whenever, wherever! Just maybe not with people around because that might be awkward. According to Global Citizen, learning a language helps boost memory skills so that you can retain and process information better. Working through this, you will remember better on how to construct sentences, improve on conversational skills and boost your confidence when speaking too. It’s a win-win, really.