Why learning languages is so hard

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You will probably know some people who can flex their second language as well as it is their mother tongue, but these are rare cases only. Learning language is no easy task for most of us. But what makes it so difficult? Your less favorable talent? Maybe, but still that does not provide a solid reason for explaining why learning languages is difficult. This article is to explore the reasons behind. 
First, let you ask you a foremost question. Do you think you have little or no difficulty in learning your native language? Why so? The main reason is you learn your native language in an unconscious way since you are a kid. Generally speaking, kids and youngsters enjoy a convenient advantage of learning new things more quickly than grown-ups do. Kids are natural learners, which means they mimic things they see and sounds they hear without knowing they are learning at all. Learning like this is almost effortless. Without established knowledge, their learning process is easier and more flexible in accepting things from outside world. As for grown-ups with an established learning pattern, unlike kids, who adjust themselves to fit their surroundings, they use their existing mindset to comprehend most of the new things that come in their way. When this is applied to learning languages, it makes learning languages very hard for them. Many language learning tips advises learners the first thing they should do is to forget about their native language. Same principle.
Lacking a proper learning environment is another hurdle in learning languages. Imagine you are in an English-speaking community, where you hear and speak in English every day. Don’t you think you can learn the ropes of English easier in such an environment than when you are in a community where any language is spoken but English? The answer is obvious, and these two scenarios can result very differently.
Language is formed and evolved within a unique culture, or vice versa. Either way, one thing is sure: culture and language are intertwined; you cannot get one without another at the same time. Travelling in a foreign country, you will discover there is something different in it to make it different from your own culture. Learning a language without learning its culture at the same time is incomplete. If you try to do this, chances are it will probably result in making your learning a new language harder than you thought. Not understanding a culture when you are learning the language will undermine your effort.
Knowing the reasons for why learning languages is so hard seems trivial when compared to knowing the ways of how to master the langauges, but chances are, if we can figure out the reasons behind, we will find out the ways to excel in learning languages. Last, remember that no matter how hard learning languages seems to you, you can always overcome it by your persistence. No hindrance is hindrance if you devote yourself heart and soul.


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