Which is the right approach to learn a language?

Perhaps you might be thinking “Oh, c’mon, another one of those blog posts telling us some kind of miraculous trick to learn a language”, and honestly, I wouldn’t blame you since I have also read lots of those myself. But, hey, this is this blog’s first post so, give it a chance and it may not deceive you, I picky promise it! Shall we start then? 🙂

I’ll state my main point right away. I strongly believe that there is not a single perfect infallible way to learn a language. There is probably no method that everyone should follow in order to achieve a certain proficiency in whatever language.

Some methods may be better than others, that’s true, but I always tend to be a little suspicious whenever I see someone claiming that theirs is the ultimate system of language learning.

“But, how am I supposed to learn then?”

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Simple. You should try out different approaches and find out which one best fits you. Seems rather logical, doesn’t it?

Some may argue that doing that would require much effort and quite some time. That’s true. But it’s supposed to take time. Learning a language is a proactive activity, and as such you can’t expect someone to come and magically introduce all that knowledge you’re looking for into your brain. That means you have to work regularly and do your bit if you want to succeed in the long run. And since not everyone’s mind work in the way, it should come as no surprise that not everyone is supposed to learn in the same way.

The time you put into finding a learning system which works for you, which motivates you, should be seen as an investment. An investment which will pay off several months or years later when you realize you’ve learnt a huge amount of things in perhaps not such a painful way.

Phew! That turned out way more serious than I had expected!

Not agreeing with what you’ve just read? Great! There’s a comment section down here where we can peacefully discuss  🙂 What a boring world it would be if we all agreed in everything!

Disclaimer: I’m not a native English speaker, therefore you might find weird-sounding/looking sentences or downright wrong stuff.



Hi! My name is Bea and I love languages! That's why I blog about anything related to them that crosses my mind right here at Anything but Language. Hope you enjoy it!