You may think that it is better to learn a foreign language as a child or, alternatively, when you are younger, as various factors such as mind and memory are often better than as an adult. However, how true is this? Well, you should know that it has been proven that adults learn new languages just as well or better than children. How do you like it?
True, children and young people tend to pick up words more quickly, but new languages are forgotten when they are not used regularly (which is true at any age).
In this article we want to show you the many advantages of learning a new language as an adult and give you some tips on how to enjoy the learning process.
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Reasons why adults learn new languages
It is usually during the school years when you can learn a second language. And it is just as common that people do not finish learning any language in the same period for various reasons: lack of interest, boring and difficult classes, bad teachers, etc. Usually, most adults say that they would have liked to put more effort into learning a second language at school and continue to do so afterwards.
But the reality is different, and many adults develop an interest in learning a second language, such as Spanish, for several reasons listed below:
Many adults like to travel to Spanish-speaking countries and have knowledge (even basic) of the language. Being able to greet someone or have a basic conversation in Spanish can help you feel welcome and accepted by the locals.
It is also a great help when it comes to discovering the best places to eat, visit, shop or even get a bargain.
Another main reason for adults to learn Spanish is work. Being able to communicate easily with Spanish-speaking clients, suppliers and/or partners abroad opens many doors. Usually, these interlocutors speak English (the official language of business), however, it is always nice to learn about their culture and mother tongue.
Communicating with family and friends
Nowadays, it is increasingly common to see international couples, and therefore it is highly likely that someone close to you has a partner, spouse or relative who is or speaks Spanish. If you know the language, you will be able to relate much better to your closest family and friends. You will no longer be left out of the conversation but will contribute to it.
Many adults choose to learn Spanish for pleasure because it is something they have always wanted to do. Spanish is one of the easiest languages to learn for native English speakers, and at the same time, a fun language to learn.
To keep the mind active
Reasons why it is better to learn a language as an adult than as a child:
- Adults already know how to read properly.
- Adults can choose how they learn.
- Adults already speak English properly.
- Adults already know how to learn and study.
Ways to make learning enjoyable as an adult
- Make it a daily habit
- Review on a regular basis
- Set short and long term goals
- Choose methods you enjoy
- Immerse yourself
- Use a mixture of resources
- Talk to yourself
- Track your progress
- Rewards yourself