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November 27, 2013

What Makes A Langage Difficult To Learn?

Learning a new language, to put it mildly, is a challenge. Some languages are inherently more difficult than others - but that depends on...

...what your native language is and what other languages you already know.

Some clusters of languages (Scandinavian or Romance languages for example) are relatively easy to learn, after you have mastered one.

It is learning languages completely different from your native language which is most difficult.

Take a look at this chart of language difficulty (from the point of view of a native English speaker) - http://voxy.com/blog/index.php/wide-infographics/what-are-the-hardest-languages-to-learn-infographic/.

This simple chart may help explain not only why some languages (like Korean, Arabic or Chinese) are difficult for English speakers, but also why English is difficult for native Korean, Arabic or Chinese speakers.

When it comes to learning - of any topic - I have a treat for you. Here is an article about Ken Robinson - http://www.letudiant.fr/educpros/entretiens/ken-robinson-grassroots-learning-revolution.html - with a focus on his view of what makes learning (and teaching) really work.

I use his TED Talks in my classes. I'm sure you will like them as well.

Language learning is not for the fainthearted. I wish you the best on your journey.


Posted by mmorf at November 27, 2013 10:15 PM


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