Browsing All posts tagged under »hindrances to language learning«

Reasons to Learn a Language, #1599: Doing Hard Things Feels Good

April 28, 2015


A while ago, I’m still not exactly sure why, I started ballet lessons. Those who know me best find this to be hilarious. I am not, to say the least, proportioned like your typical ballet dancer. I also have slightly inward knees, so even a basic first position is difficult for me to do with […]

Hindrances to language learning: ability

December 8, 2011


I’m not going to lie or sugar-coat it for you: yes, some people have more natural ability in language than others. Just like some people are naturals at viola playing or calligraphy or hockey. But anyone, really, can learn the basics of viola playing, calligraphy or hockey. And anyone can lean the basics of a […]

Motivation: the single most important factor for effective learning?

October 12, 2011


The more scientifically minded of you may be interested to read this article. Not being particularly of that bent myself, I can still recognise an incontrovertible graph when I see one, and would have to agree – not just because the science says so, but because my gut confirms it – that motivation may be the single […]

Hindrances to language learning: money

September 30, 2011


Have you looked at the price of Rosetta Stone, private tuition, or immersion courses abroad and discounted yourself from language learning? Don’t! Good as those may be (and certainly immersion courses in particular are very effective), there are cheaper ways to study a language. 1. Get free resources.  I know I harp on about these all […]

Hindrances to language learning: time

September 28, 2011


I’d love to, I really would, but I just don’t have time.  How often do you catch yourself saying that? Now, obviously I don’t know you, and I’m not going to assume that, like me, you have virtually no family obligations and a job that allows down time during the day. I’m not going to […]