So you want to learn a foreign language. That’s a seriously awesome endeavor, and I commend you for it! For real though, there are literally zero reasons not to learn another language.
Okay fine. There is one. One tiny, insignificant reason to not learn a language.
Language learning is hard
And you know what? Lots of people will let that teeny tiny little fact stop them from pursuing their dreams of being a world-class language learner. But you won’t. I know you won’t. You wanna know how I know?
You’ve got me.
I know every side of the language learning struggle. I’ve been at this stuff for years, and you know how far I’ve gotten? Not nearly as far as I’d like. But you know what I have done?
- I've conquered all the challenges of language learning. The hard ones that are in your mind, the ones that a textbook can't explain to you.
- I've learned how to get past the little voices in your head that give you reasons not to learn a language
- I know how to restart language learning when you got to a level you like and then just kind of stopped, and holy crap is it frustrating to not be able to understand it as well as you're used to!
- I've learned what you actually need to know, so I can tell you what you need to know about language learning
- I know what not to do, because if I'm good at anything, it's making mistakes!
- I know how to be practical about learning a language, because the only reason you don't have the time to learn a foreign language is because you don't make the time.
- I've found the best resources on the internet for language learning, like Verbling.
...but so, so worth it!
Language learning is life-changing. It can move you to the other side of the world. It can create relationships that otherwise would have never existed. It can get you out of tough situations. It can get you an amazing job, make you more money, and even make you smarter.
Basically, learning another language is a super power.
So, so what if it gets hard sometimes? So what if you have to learn new vocabulary, new grammar, even new alphabets (depending on your foreign language of choice)? All that stuff is one and done, and you know what?
I’m right there with you.
I’m learning right by you. I get to the point sometimes where I look at a word or phrase or sentence and say “welp, I haven’t checked Facebook in a while!”. I do, and I’m not afraid to admit it. You know what I also do? I get right back to it and I conquer it. And you know what I also also do? I write about it. I explain the hardest concepts in my language learning journey because it helps me to learn them, too. Like when I had to learn the Spanish past tense. Yeah, that crap is hard the first time you stick your face in it! But you know what the important thing is? That you stick your face in it at all, because you can’t conquer anything if you don’t even try.
Don’t worry, kid, I got your back. I like to write about the hard stuff. It’s interesting. And I like to write about the actual interesting stuff, too. I like to write about, for example, the weird, random rules that come with Spanish numbers.
Culture's important, too!
Of course, I can’t forget the most important part of this blog (to me). Crashed Culture’s namesake, its humble beginnings. Culture. The one thing that goes hand-in-hand with language (well, maybe besides food). Culture creates language which creates culture. Yeah, I write about that too.
And really, the culture corner of this blog is where things go saucy! I mean hey, I’m brutally honest. I’ll talk about the negatives, like the things I don’t like about Spanish culture. And more things I don’t like. But the important thing is that I keep it level. I also yammer on about what I love about Spanish culture. And more things I love, too! Because the thing that we as a people, as language learners, need to know about languages and cultures and other places with other people who are sometimes really different from us is that there are pros and cons to everything. There’s the beauty of Córdoba, Spain, and then there’s the controversy of bullfighting. Because you know what? Nothing, nobody is perfect. Sorry kid, but I keep it honest here
What’s THE most important thing to understand about language learning? You are just as capable as that polyglot you follow online. Because it’s not about skills that we walk out of the womb with, it’s about skills that we work for and earn. Skills that you have just as many rights to as anybody else.