Busting Language Learning Myths!
In the world of language learning, there are a whole lot of myths floating about. The problem is, they actually stop a lot of people from learning a second language when they’re not true at all! That’s why our team at One Third Stories have decided it’s time to bust them, telling you the truth once and for all. Read on to be enlightened!
1) You Have to Have a Gift for Languages
A lot of people think you have to have a natural gift for languages to be able to learn a second one. This definitely isn’t the case. Anyone can learn a language – it has nothing to do with talent! As long as you have perseverance and the right resources, it’s really not too difficult. We all learnt our first language after all, so what’s stopping you or your little ones from learning a second?
2) If You Know English, There’s No Point Learning Another Language
A lot of people who speak English think there’s no point learning another language, because everyone speaks it, right? Wrong. Whilst it’s true that a lot of people do speak English, it’s actually only 20% of the world’s population. That’s not actually that much when you think about it!
There are also a ton of benefits to learning language learning, especially for little ones. From building their confidence to helping them focus; it’s a skill with a whole heap of bonuses.
3) Google Translate Is All You Need to Communicate
If you think Google Translate, or other translation tools, will be enough to let you or your kids communicate around the world, we’re afraid to say you won’t get very far. Not only are they often super inaccurate, it’s also a very slow way of communicating.
If you’re trying to learn using translation tools, you’re basically setting yourself up to fail. You won’t get a proper grasp on the language, and your pronunciation is definitely going to be all over the place!
With plenty of amazing resources online, as well as our One Third Stories language learning books, it seems crazy to us to rely on translation tools alone. Check out what else is out there and you’ll discover how easy it is to learn a second language.
4) You Just Need to Learn to Speak a Language
Being able to speak a language is really great, but it’s definitely not the only skill you should be focusing on. You definitely need to be learning other ways of communicating alongside it, from improving your grammar to taking tests to show where you’ve been making mistakes. You should also be learning pronunciation through listening to native speakers talk. Basically, it’s all about getting a good mixture!
5) Language Learning is Boring
Sure, learning a language in English schools can be pretty dull, but it definitely doesn’t have to be! That’s why we think teaching your youngster from home is a great way to do it. You can pick super fun resources, from online videos to colouring worksheets that will keep your kids engaged and excited to learn. Everything your child likes to do can be made into language learning activities, from reading books to playing games – you just need to get a little bit creative!
6) You Can Only Learn a Language When You’re Young
Sure, it’s easier for little ones to absorb a new language, but that definitely doesn’t mean you can’t as you grow older. In fact, the way we learn is simply different, and adults have a much better understanding of how languages work, so there are benefits to both! You work pick it up so quickly, but you’ll pick it up better overall.
However, if you do have a little one, it’s a great idea to get them started on their language learning journey early! If you don’t know where to begin, definitely check out our One Third Stories books, along with the other blog posts on our website that are filled with useful information and helpful tips.
Our books come as part of subscription boxes, which you can use to keep you and your child on track with language learning, and use the variety of activities that come with them to keep things interesting. Take a look at how it works today and see if it’s right for your little one!