It seems to be much easier for kids and younger students to combine different language classes at the same time. A child can learn his indigenous language at home and a different one at school successfully and everyone is okay with that. Adult on the other hand, who are supposed to be way smarter and more intelligent find language learning perplexing. Well, it is true that grownups have lost some of the favorable conditions for learning languages that they had at childhood, but the problem is not age dependent. The problem lies in the approach to learning. The approach that works with kids may not be successful with adults.
Also, many adult language learners use the traditional approach and tend to study languages as a subject thereby ending up knowing about the language facts but finding it difficult to have normal conversations. Attaining fluency in a foreign language requires some research like you’re doing now.
Incorporating a second language will take deliberate and constructive efforts which will be discussed under the following subheadings.
Do you want to learn a new language? You don’t just walk about in a place where a foreign tongue is spoken and expect to be proficient in a few months or even years. You just have to be deliberate and precise about it. If you’re about to take a vacation abroad, being deliberate means learning the basics of the language even before you get there.
A lot of people still believe it’s extremely difficult to learn a new language, and are thus, afraid of starting the process even though they want to. First, ask yourself why you want to learn the language. You need some sort of drive because this is not a piece of cake. The fear of learning a new language is a wall that can be easily broken. You’ve seen individuals who speak as much as seven recognized languages. You can do that too. In fact, you can be as fluent as the “originals”. So, there’s nothing to be afraid of. It’s okay to make mistakes. You’d make a lot of mistakes at first and as you go on, get used to them.
Consistency Is Key
I’ve heard a lot of people say they don’t have the time, but really no one does. You actually create time for things that are necessary and things you value. Learning a new language is like erecting a building with minute bricks. This process requires persistence and consistency. You should practice every day if possible. I’d say you should rather spend 1-hour learning every day that 10 hours every week. It’s true though, adult has time-demanding activities and busy schedules, that is why online language learning is encouraged.