All You Need To Know About Learning A New Language

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Have You Ever Wondered How Many Spoken Languages Are There In The World Today?

According to Ethnologue, there are 7117 spoken languages in the world today (Year: 2020). Roughly 40% of the languages are now endangered with less than 1,000 speakers whereas 23 languages account for more than half of the world’s population.

Mandarin Chinese tops the list for the most popular language in the world with more than 1.2Billion people speaking the language.

Which Foreign Language Should You Pick Up And Learn?

Mandarin is by far the best language to learn because of its growing economy and the number of people speaking that language. The next on the list is Spanish and Arabic because of sheer demand and job opportunities surrounding them. If all three don’t really interest you, you can check out these 10 Best Foreign Languages To Learn.

So, How Long Does It Take To Learn A New Language?

As mentioned by The Linguist, the US Foreign Service Institute (FSI) research outlay that one needs 480 hours to reach basic fluency in group 1 languages, and 720 hours for group 2-4 languages.

It states that with an input of 10 hours a day allocated to learn a new language, the basic fluency for the easy languages should take around 48 days while the difficult group of languages will take you around 72 days.

Language Difficulties Are Being Grouped As Such:

Group 1 being The Easiest
Group 4 being The Most Difficult

Group 1: French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swahili
Group 2: Bulgarian, Burmese, Greek, Hindi, Persian, Urdu
Group 3: Amharic, Cambodian, Czech, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Lao, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese
Group 4: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean

Tips To Learn A New Language Faster – Here Are the 8 Steps:

As highlighted by Fluentu, you have to be in the right mindset

  1. First step is to set your language-learning goals on what do you want to achieve.

  2. After which you have to aim and learn the “right” words.

  3. Study smart by organizing your learning method.

  4. Start using the language all day and every day, listen and watch movies that uses the language too.

  5. Try to seek out real-life practice by talking to someone familiar with the language.

  6. To speak well, you need to learn about the culture of the spoken language too.

  7. Test yourself and practice on the mirror.

  8. And yes you have to be joyful and have fun while learning the language.

Conclusion

Learning a new language is exciting and not really a difficult task if you put the right mindset to it. You ought to be interested and in love with your chosen language as it helps to channel the right attitude towards developing that new language in you.

Often we adore how a language is being spoken due to its accent and the character being put to it when a person speaks the language. For a start, have a go with something in Group 1 Languages (The Beautiful French Language is in it too) and then work your way up to different group. Practice with someone who speaks the language or imitate your favourite personalities who speaks the language well like from your favourite movies or dramas. You will eventually grab the essential linguistic on your chosen language by continuously practicing.

 “Bonne Chance” pronounced as “Buhn Sha(n)s” which is Good Luck in French!

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