Today I want to talk about something that I personally find a bit funny and I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts in this regard and it’s basically the fact that there are a lot of programs out there and a lot of different people saying that learning a language is easy. It’s easy to learn a language; I’m not going to say it is particularly difficult but, what does that even mean if we say that it’s easy. Is it like tying your shoelaces, is it basically…I think that’s a meaningless thing to say essentially, it is meaningless that learning a language is easy. If it’s easy in terms of not being complex, well guess what? Learning a language is kind of a complex thing but, it would sound like to me at least that it’s the same thing as saying something like getting a college degree is easy, it’s a process right. There are going to be easy things, there are going to be hard things.
The hard part of the process you’re going to have to go through to get your college degree and learning a language is no simpler I think, that unfortunately there are going to be elements of language learning that you’re going to find challenging and alas you’re just so casual about your goals that you don’t care about the outcomes, but if you really want to become fluent in a language or get pretty decent at it, you may have some challenging elements that you’re going to come across in your language learning experience and I think that it’s almost as well kind of standing to tell people that it’s easy especially because a lot of people, when people haven’t had success in it or let’s say someone tried learning Spanish and they had a bad experience with high school Spanish and they didn’t touch it again and if you tell them learning Spanish is easy, then they are going to be like; guess what I failed at it, I didn’t manage learning and I tried and they are not going to feel good about that, so that can be like a demotivating thing.
It’s a thing like just trying to paint a picture of learning a language is so easy, it’s just not going to help anyone especially if someone goes into it without expectation that it’s just going to be such a walk in a park, but of course it’s not rocket science, it’s not brain surgery and it can be fun, it’s not particularly a complex thing to do and be passionate about it and if you have the right methods, the right strategies and you have the discipline and motivation, you’ll make it happen and it’s kind of a cool challenge.
Those are my thoughts regarding how easy it is to learn a language. 🙂