Sometimes in life, we are asked questions to which we don’t have the answers.
Other times, there are questions asked where we have an answer in words and feelings from experience.
So what does it take to learn a new language?
You know, all of the logical answers. But I the one I’ve been thinking about quite a bit lately is passion.
I think it takes passion and desire to learn a new language. I’m sure there are people who learn without that, but at least in my life and in the students I see, that makes a big difference.
Last week, I finished the very basic level Korean class. But I feel like I don’t really know anything; and besides reading, it’s hard for me to implement what I do know.
Although I want to learn Korean to communicate better here, I find it difficult to study, and I easily become distracted. There are times I even start looking up words in Luganda [the language I learned in Uganda].
When I was learning Luganda, it was so much different for me. I kept wanting to learn more and take more in. I still become enthralled looking through my notes or learning new words.
In my students, I see passion being important as well. The ones who don’t care or want to learn English, I don’t see as much progress as the ones who have enthusiasm for it.
I think this is applicable in other parts of life as well, but, recently I have been thinking about languages:)