Here is how you can learn a new language in 2021!

Fathiya Barkadle, M.Ed.
3 min readNov 1, 2020
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“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”– Ludwig Wittgenstein

Acquiring second or more languages shouldn’t be just memorizing grammar, but you’d have to start living on it. For example, being interactive with real natives of the particular language that you’re learning is imperative. This is how you will be introduced to the culture, idioms, expressions, and so much more.

Many of us dream of being able to effortlessly converse in many languages. Let’s face it — multilingualism is a widely desired trait. It’s a key that unlocks new cultures and ways of thinking. The benefits are numerous: speaking a second language increases cognitive abilities like problem-solving, creativity, and memory. Quite frankly, becoming and being bilingual actually makes you smarter! You will also become deeply connected with the rest of the world.

Normally, when we’re learning a second language; we often do grammatical drills and practices. However, scientific researches have found effective ways to naturally acquire a new language as a second or more language. According to Dr. Pimsleur, “children learn a language the way we were meant to — by listening, that’s because we are hardwired to remember sounds and store them in our memory automatically.” Through Dr. Pimsleur research, traditional teaching pedagogies might slow our ability to acquire any language effectively and become self-sufficient.

As a matter of fact, it is essential to breathe in the language by watching, listening, and being around native people to practice with them. This makes the language more to become fun and naturally flow than picking up textbooks and spending countless hours of studying grammar, vocabulary, and so on. Of course, we need to study certain functions of the language such as the alphabets and semantics, but going deeper isn’t useful at all to become conversational proficient.

Becoming proficient or fluent in another language is a combination of two things, effort and immersing yourself in the language almost every day. For example, plan out how you’ll study on your own with the natives, rather than studying on your own. Perhaps, you live somewhere that particular language doesn’t exist for anyone to practice with. Don’t worry, there are the best venues…

Fathiya Barkadle, M.Ed.

High School English Teacher/ELD Instructional Lead & Freelance-Writer Blogger.