How Easy is it to Learn a New Language?

Posted On March 12,2019

Say 1, 2, 3!

Now, say pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.

That’s right, learning a new language is as easy or difficult as you want it to be!

Learning something new is exciting. Better vocabulary, accurate pronunciation, and improved grammar all can help you express effectively and open up a world of shiny new possibilities. And, that is worth every struggle you may have to overcome.

Language itself is always evolving as any good English trainer worth their commas will say to you. This constant evolution (not to mention the heavy dependence on other languages like French and German) can make the process challenging for even those familiar with the language.

Here in India, the unfamiliarity of the foreign language is still not our biggest obstacle. A lot of us already communicate in English, even if with limitations. The intention is to go to the next level of communication.

With a gigantic percentage of the population being Hindi speakers, it is easy to want to approach English with the same perspective. Just think in Hindi what you want to say, and translate into English. Right? Wrong!

If you truly do start translating into English whatever you first wanted to say in Hindi, you’ll truly end up having a Nonsensical Night.

The trick is to stop thinking in Hindi. This is, of course, easier said than done. The only way to do this is to use English even while thinking. Train your mind to conjure up English words even as you organise your thoughts.

Simply said, think in English!

Surround yourself with the new language. There’s a lot you can do without boring yourself to sleep.

Watch movies, TV shows, and songs in English. Read Books. And, also blogs (like this one), articles, newspapers and magazines. Listen to English Podcasts and Shows. (And, if you’re one of those who don’t like watching movies or books, I would have said God save you but now there’s Skill Prodigy to the rescue.)

Communicate in English every chance you get. Speak to family and friends only in English, even if it is in bits and pieces, at first.

Any new project or initiative takes time and you must accord yourself the time and patience needed to improve your proficiency.

The best part is you already know the language – at least, technically. It’s the fluency that you probably struggle with. In some cases, you may even know what to say but the lack of confidence keeps you from actually saying it.

Here, at Skill Prodigy, we plan to put together lots of resources, articles, tools, and mentor sessions to help you through this exciting journey of exploration and learning. Happy Learning!

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