• 30th August, 2012

We’ve all been there…

Who hasn’t thought, at ten seconds to midnight on New Year’s Eve: “Next year I’m going to save more money, do more exercise and learn a new language! Travel! Open my eyes to the world around me!”? No? Nobody? You in the back? No… You see? You’re not alone and you don’t have to wait for a life affirming, albeit slightly inebriated, moment to make the decision to either embark upon or further your language learning journey.

Thanks to the Internet, our vast planet has suddenly become tiny. More so now than ever before people from all over the globe are coming into contact on a daily basis, yet the playing field is far from even.  With an estimated 6,700 languages that exist in the world, the most common internet language is English with over 550.6 million users. Is this why a vast number of native English speakers suffer from such complacency with regard to learning a foreign language?

Embarrassingly for us, students in Finland dedicate about 16 hours each week to foreign languages, and still manage to come in second in reading, second in math, and first in science. Meanwhile, American students rank: 14th, 25th, and 17th. Across Europe, 44% of citizens speak multiple languages, whereas in Great Britain only 1 in 10 people can say the same. Last year, some 800,000 people worldwide took the Chinese Proficiency Test in comparison to 117,660 in 2005.

So what’s the problem? Online courses are easy! Well… Actually… No. Online courses are only easy to access. All you need is a computer and a pretty decent internet connection, yet self discipline and motivation are two of the hardest obstacles to overcome. If chosen carefully, the right language course for you will be so engaging and dynamic that you will achieve one of the most rewarding learning experiences around.

OK, but online learning is fast! Well… Actually… No. Learning on the go, wherever and whenever you want goes a long way to speeding up the process. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it takes you less time to learn information. (Hopefully someone somewhere is working on that for us.) Online learning allows us to learn little and often; a much more efficient use of our precious time.

So, have we put you off? Or are you up for the challenge? Let us know via Twitter and Facebook or come and visit us at www.lingualia.com.

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