There are five factors that can influence how long it takes to learn a language, regardless of whether you study in a classroom or not.
Speaker of 16 languages and co-founder of web and mobile language learning platform www.LingQ.com
Steve Kaufmann is a former Canadian Diplomat and forest industry executive. He is co-founder (with his son Mark) of LingQ, a web and app language learning system and community. <br> <br> Steve speaks 15 languages, has written a book called The Way of the Linguist, A Language Learning Odyssey, and has a youtube channel under the name of lingosteve.
Having seen a lot of language learners, I am convinced that only motivated learners achieve fluency.
01/18/2018 13:44 EST
The most important factor in your success will be your motivation to learn.
08/28/2017 10:52 EDT
"I am not a neuroscientist but I feel increasingly that memory is not that big a factor in language acquisition."
07/31/2017 10:46 EDT
The most important task in language learning, in my opinion, is the acquisition of vocabulary. If we have enough words, we can make sense of what we're reading or listening to and we can somehow express ourselves.
06/15/2017 04:52 EDT
Conversation implies a two-way exchange of language. Therefore, reaching a conversational level implies quite a high level
05/31/2017 01:32 EDT
Subconscious language learning is a concept that leading language acquisition expert Stephen Krashen has demonstrated through extensive research, but is still challenged by many teachers. Though there is research to back up this theory that language is learned subconsciously, we are still not aware of how the language starts to stick in our brains.
05/17/2017 12:30 EDT
I always spoke English with my parents and I never had any sense that my communication with them was in any way inhibited. There was no pressure to learn German or Czech. If anything, my parents wanted me to learn French, which we studied at school without any great success.
01/18/2017 05:04 EST
At the banquet of life, each language is another course. The better you can use languages, your own and others, the more you can enjoy the feast. At least that has been my experience. I have achieved varying degrees of fluency in 16 languages, and look forward to learning more. To me, there are three stages of language acquisition.
12/08/2016 04:01 EST
It's literally a beginner's mistake, but it can add months, if not years, to your eventual fluency of your new language.
11/16/2016 07:47 EST
The importance of a large vocabulary in your target language can't be overstated. Some are convinced we can converse quite comfortably with just a few hundred words. There are lots of articles on the topic. I don't agree.
10/13/2016 01:09 EDT
People often ask me how I learned 15 languages. What's my secret? Read ahead and you'll find out.
09/08/2016 07:44 EDT
One of the biggest myths I have come across though is that extroverts are the better language learners. I do not believe at all that you need to be an extrovert to learn a language. Language learning isn't about your personality type, rather it comes down to whether or not you possess the three keys.
08/09/2016 04:46 EDT
The biggest benefit of speaking languages I've seen in my career is that it increased the opportunities that came my way. You do have to have other things working for you too, of course. You have to have other skills, like knowledge of a specific sector or market, the ability to do business and the ability to be a reliable, energetic person in any number of fields.
06/30/2016 10:31 EDT
The quick answer on how to achieve fluency in a language is that it is a matter of motivation. Having seen a lot of language learners, I am convinced that motivated learners achieve fluency, and unmotivated learners don't.
05/09/2016 05:10 EDT
Good language learners notice what is happening in a language. They notice the sounds, the structure and the vocabulary of the language. They notice as they listen and read. They notice when they use the language. How can we train ourselves in the ability to notice in order to become good language learners?
04/19/2016 10:42 EDT
Making mistakes when speaking or writing a new language is not the same as making other kinds of mistakes, at least not to me. Making mistakes in language learning is not only necessary, it is a good sign. If you are not making mistakes, you are not trying hard enough to use the language.
03/23/2016 02:20 EDT
Have you been studying a language for a while? Are you still afraid to speak? Follow the Language Learner's Manifesto and become confident and fluent in your chosen language. Repeat the following mantra daily: "My goal is to be fluent. I can be fluent. My goal is not to be perfect. My goal is to be fluent. I can be fluent and still make mistakes."
03/10/2016 05:23 EST
There are a lot of people who glibly toss the idea that older people cannot learn a new language around and, unfortunately, I think it influences some people who are past their thirties. They think they can't learn a language anymore. Nothing could be further from the truth.
03/02/2016 12:09 EST
I'm enjoying carrying on an affair with you and really don't expect anything in return. But I know from experience with other language affairs that I get more out of my relationship than I put in. The rewards are personal, cultural and even professional. The rewards are immense.
02/08/2016 03:01 EST
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