Language learning isn’t as easy as it sounds, but sometimes you don’t learn the language the way it should be learnt. The reason behind that is we have generally believed some language learning myths, which are actually holding us back and stopping us from learning the language. These myths are hindrance in between us and the multilingual world. Even if we go to good institutes like Institut Linguistique, if we believe in these myths, it would be very difficult for us to learn the language. Here are four myths that always hinder our learning:
- Almost Everyone Speaks English or Are Learning It
That is not true at all. It is true that about a quarter of the entire world’s population does have the capability to speak English to some level, but what about the rest of the world? If you are learning English so that you can talk to everyone, then your goals are false and you won’t be able to succeed.
- German, French and Spanish Are the Most Spoken Languages after English
Spanish, French, German and English are spoken natively by only 13% of the global population. When compared to that, Bengali and Javanese have more native speakers than French and German but when it comes to studying language the earlier mentioned four languages are studied by about 77% of college students. If only European languages are learnt exclusively, then most of the population would be left out of the conversation.
- China Speaks Chinese, India Speaks Hindi and America Speaks English
People generally believe that one country has one language. But that isn’t true. India is a multilingual country and each part of India differs in their linguistic and semantic barriers. It is possible that you move to a part in China, which speaks Cantonese and not Mandarin and you had assumed that China meant Mandarin then your learning went waste. If we are learning a new language, we need to research on all the communities that we want to connect with after learning this languageand also make a note of what all can be done by us to facilitate this exchange.
- It Is Impossible to Learn a New Language after Turning 16
It is true that learning language becomes a little foreign after you grow older, but the concept is still possible no matter what the age is. It is also noted that most of the people who learn language are adult or college aged.
Language is a tricky subject and you need to make sure you don’t get distracted by these myths and attain your learning goal!