What are the hidden costs of learning a language on your own? Is it for you?
In learning a new skill, there are often hidden costs involved that you realize too late. The case is the same with learning a new language as well. Learning new skills is highly encouraged when one is growing up, but learning a new language is an activity that doesn’t necessarily require you be a certain age or a certain level of education. There are now so many conveniences in teaching oneself a new skill that there really wouldn’t be a particular reason for you to remain unlearned and uncultured. The satisfaction that comes with knowing you are multi-lingual and especially through your own efforts is quite the reward. While it is a nice sentiment to be determined to learn a new language, if you are aiming to learn on your own there are certain costs involved you must be made aware of. Below, we discuss some of these:
First off, one must realize that the cost of learning a language on your own does not necessarily relate to monetary spending exclusively. There are several different kinds of charges involved, but the most important out of these are the time and effort you are willing to put into it. As Is the case with almost anything worth learning, a new language requires that you practice and give it time, otherwise its quite easy to get frustrated and give up. You must realize that a certain amount of time must be sacrificed to this activity if you plan to really succeed at learning new languages. To be proficient at a new language, you must take it seriously and give it a certain, set amount of time every day in which you practice speaking it in front of the mirror or with native speakers.
Next, invest in a good pair of earphones and a media player, may it be an iPod or an mp3 player, or even a cassette player although the latter are more or less out of date. In learning new languages, it is good to keep in practice of listening to it. Whether you’re commuting or free from work, even during lunch hours or any free time, before sleeping and so on. The sense of hearing is one of the easiest to acclimate to new sounds, thus it is an excellent way to learn new vocabulary as well as the structure of the language, the accent and so on. In this way, you don’t necessarily have to join an institute where you only spend a certain amount of time learning a language in the whole day. In investing in a media player you can spend a larger amount of time acclimatizing yourself to the new language.
Another charge that adds up in learning a new language is books. There are so many books through which you can easily learn a new language. Most of these books come for different levels, as in, beginner level, intermediate and expert. If you are just starting out with a new language you will be much better off going through the book before you decide on whether or not the learning curve of the language is worth it or not. Books on language are not overly costly, and you can just as easily op for the library if you cannot afford them, but make sure you make notes and learn the language thoroughly, without being intimidated by the content. Furthermore, books on languages usually come with CD’s or DVD’s so you can practice the language in a more interactive manner.
All in all, the costs involved in learning new languages isn’t as much as you would imagine, especially since there are so many resources available to you for free. All it requires is that you set apart a particular amount of time and put in the right amount of effort to master a new language.