7 Reasons Why People Hate Learning a Foreign Language

Which Foreign Language?

It’s been said on other occasions that a key question people ask when thinking of learning a foreign language is “which foreign language should I try to learn?” Reasons for wanting or needing to learn a foreign language can be almost as many and as varied as the number of people themselves. Family, ancestry, employment, business, education, travel, adventure, romance and other personal concerns all may have their respective roles in the decision to learn and continue learning a foreign language.

With literally thousands of spoken languages in the world besides some of the major ones like English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, Italian, Japanese and German, obviously there’s no lack of choice. But many learners concede, “I hate trying to learn a foreign language”. Why? Here are the top seven of the most commonly given reasons.

The Seven Most Common Given Reasons

1. No way to practice regularly<

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Acronyms in English Education

As an English teacher from Canada living overseas I am often asked if I teach ESL. I actually teach EFL and there is a simple explanation in that ESL (which is English as a Second Language) is when English is learned and taught in a country that is an English speaking country. On the other hand EFL, (English as a Foreign Language) is taught and learned in non-English speaking countries. So, learning English in Japan would be EFL and learning English in Canada would be ESL. There have been comments that many students of English in ESL programs already are in possession of a second language, however the “a” in ESL negates that argument. An acronym that has grown in common use, particularly in the UK, New Zealand and Australia, is ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).

When educators are studying to become an English language teacher, there are several options to the student of language pedagogy. An organization named TESOL which means Teachers of English to

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Be a Master Of Languages

Mastery over a language is one of greatest assets that one can ever have. Many people have the passion of learning many languages and they don’t only learn it but they also excel in it. The concept of language evolved from gestures of the hand and other signs that people used to communicate with each other. Ancient people started with drawing pictures about what they want to say, which later on evolved to some languages that have been lost, after which many other dialects have come into effect and have been erased as well. With over 2700 different languages present all over the world and 7000 dialects the world has many different cultures that still follow speaking their native dialects.

One such language that is even older than the holy book Quran is Arabic. It is known to be one of the most widely spoken languages as over 300 million people speak in this tongue. In case you want to learn this, then there are many Arabic translation services that also teach people how

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The Impact of the Internet on Learning Foreign Languages

As an English major who has been a “netizen” for over a year, I find the internet an absolutely indispensable part of my life. Don’t worry. I am not an online game addict. If anything, I am fascinated by online English learning. I am convinced that the internet will have a huge impact on the teaching and learning of foreign languages in China.

In the past, when the internet had yet to be invented, the only access to the latest development in foreign languages came from foreign newspapers and magazines, which were expensive and hard to come by in China. Whereas college students might find them in the reading rooms of their libraries, those who learn English by themselves had little access to them. Today, with the internet, anybody who has access to it could read online foreign newspapers and magazines and visit foreign websites. In this way they will learn how contemporary foreign languages are used by native speakers. Generally speaking, the language used in

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How Listening to Music Influences English Language Teaching Learning and Everyday Life

English and Foreign Language Learner Benefits of Listening to Music

How can you effectively use music in your English or foreign language learning class room? Listening to certain types of music has quite a number of additional benefits which go far beyond teaching and learning as we examined in a previous article. The impact of music and songs in ELT is well-documented. Now let’s continue our brief overview with five additional benefits of listening to music.

Additional Benefits of Listening to Music

o Reduces Errors

With the improved integration and function of the brain and its two hemispheres, comes improved concentration and thinking ability. This immediately impacts our normal functioning by reducing the number of incorrect resolutions and responses to problems. Whatever you may be thinking or doing, you’ll simply do it better.

o Aids in Digestion

Imagine the nicest, fanciest, and most expensive restaurant you can. The food

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Learn Languages For Free

The internet has given us some great opportunities to learn a language and the possibilities for the future are truly staggering. In the past, learning a language required us to buy books and learn on our own (with no audio and no feedback or interaction) or take a class (which can be expensive and inconvenient). But, today the improvements of technology and the accessibility of the internet have given us many more opportunities to improve our language learning experiences, and in many cases, for free.

Of course, learning on your own (or at least supplementing your classroom or tutor study on your own time) requires some self-discipline and motivation. There is no one to tell you what to do but yourself. Try to stick to whatever lesson plan you make for yourself. Keep at it every day and don’t give up. In time, you can give yourself a good foundation in your target language for free.

There are lots of individual websites devoted to a specific language. The more p

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The Benefits Of Learning Languages At Primary School

There has a been a renewed drive in recent years to see foreign languages being taught at primary school level, with ministers and educational professionals arguing for the need to expand provision. This is because learning another language at an early age is seen to bestow a wide range of benefits to young learners, in terms of their cognitive development and cultural awareness, while foreign language proficiency is seen as an increasingly valuable professional skill later in life. But with many teachers, parents and pupils apprehensive about the challenge of learning a another language so young, what are the specific benefits that have been identified by those who believe passionately in its utility?

For a start, it’s a widely recognised fact that children learn languages more effectively than adults and older children, having a greater capacity to absorb new vocabulary and grammatical concepts. They’re also perceived to be more receptive to language learning an

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Second Language Competence Beneficial but often Misunderstood

Second language learning has associated with it many types of benefits. Among them include: social, economic, intellectual and linguistic. Children who engage in second language learning typically outperform their peers in the area of vocabulary development as well as intellectual development. As important as learning a second language is, learners can be viewed as experiencing difficulties with language development when in reality they are displaying linguistic differences.

There is often a period of time when a second language learner is viewed to not speak much, this is due to their processing information in the new language and has been termed as the silent period. Additionally, speaking with an “accent” is a normal part of second language learning because the person is using the sounding system of the first language while speaking the new one. Often, help is required so that the person can enjoy positive communication interactions with others in the second l

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Learning a Foreign Language – A New Approach Using Foreign Songs

During the long history of mankind, a song was always a kind of technique, which helped people to transmit knowledge, wisdom and information from one generation to another. For the peoples, who had no written language, their songs constituted a valuable part of the oral tradition. The messages of the oral tradition may take different forms. For example, it may be folktales, sayings, ballads, songs, or chants. Even nowadays, a song helps to preserve the national identity of numerically small peoples, who have no national writing systems.

Often a song may transmit the precise information of human activities. The well-known example of this fact is a work song. There are many types of work songs: agricultural work songs, industrial folk songs, sea shanties, cowboy songs, African American work songs and others. Often work songs conveyed the information about skills that can be learned by anyone through singing. The songs took their rhythms from the work being done and helped peopl

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Cognitive-Academic Language Proficiency

Separating achievement and language as distinct psychological constructs allows us to contrast the learning situation of majority language (children in the U.S. who already know English) and minority language children in school. While majority language children have the single objective of mastering academic content (math, social studies, science, reading, etc.) in school, language minority children have two objectives they must meet to be academically successful.

Like majority language children, they must master academic content; but unlike children in the majority, they must also learn the language of instruction at school. Bilingual instruction allows these children and youth to keep up academically while they take the time needed to master English.

Also, in the course of developing children’s knowledge of school subjects, bilingual education provides background knowledge that serves as a context for children to better understand the presentation of new academ

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