There’s no doubt that a new language can mean a lot of obstacles for the student or the individual who wants to learn it at home. There could be several external as well as internal factors that could ultimately spell disaster for when you’re determined to learn the new language. Whether its Spanish, French, English and so on, there are always problems plaguing individuals who like to pursue a language at home. Below, we explore some of these:
Using the wrong approach – When aiming to learn language at home, you must ensure you have a positive approach to learning. If you find that the subject is too hard before you have even started, it’s likely you wont find the language interesting enough to keep you interested. The negative approach could become a barrier in you picking up new concepts and structures of a language, thus you must approach the subject confidently. This problem is likely to arise especially as the individual gets older, since its harder to be open to new things with age. In this situation, it would be prudent if the individual tried to join a language class rather than learning at home as that could create the right environment they require.
Problems in Pronunciation – As one sifts through books and tutorials, audio and visual aids in learning a language, it is likely that they will face problems they would not normally have to face in an institute. This would be because, in an institute where there are other students studying with you, as well as a teacher, components of the language will be broken down and taught in steps. The same could not be said if you are learning on your own, as you will not have as much practice with other students and will not become aware of your mistakes.
Learning Accents – This would be a particular barrier as you are likely to not have access to the required practice as that of a native speaker. While professional language courses online often come with audio aids to help you understand the subtle differences in grammar and pronunciation, there would be a difference in the accent when you try to speak the language fluently. For one, there is likely to be hesitation and breakage in your accent without having practiced with a native speaker. For another, the confidence that comes with speaking a language, even if it is in broken structures, with a native speaker is different from that learned online or through audio files. Almost everyone that has learnt languages through online courses feel they stutter through their language when spoken in practical terms as they cannot be fluent and don’t have the required practice.
Evaluating progress – It becomes a lot harder to monitor ones progress in learning a new language if there is no given deadline to your learning course. The learning curve becomes a lot longer and there are no strict means of evaluation as would be in an institute. An online course would be more likely to have an outline that represents ones progress as they go through different stages of learning the new language. A teacher would also be able to impress upon their student their weaknesses and strengths, after which they can be worked on. The same could not be done with a learn-at-home course.
It is common knowledge that while there is a lot of flexibility in learning a language at home, there are several factors that hinder the progress. The kind of discipline needed in understanding a new language would not be the same and barriers could arise when the use of the language is made in practical life. Thus it is important to be aware of what could go wrong in learning languages at home.