Why are the language training services in so much demand?
Well….for a person who works full time and have a family, kids – it is nearly impossible to learn a foreign language and achieve close to native fluency, unless this person is paid for it of course and does nothing but that As a result, the language business has successfully developed and prospered. You pay for lessons and attend classes month after month, year after year, hoping to start a conversation in a foreign language; however, time passes and you are doing all of the exercises and teach-in rules, but you cannot link two words. You blame it on your employment, poor memory or lack of diligence. However, the reality is that this is all calculated into the language business. It is impossible for you to devote so much time to do dozen of exercises. It is not evident who are these language textbooks written for. However, they are clearly specially designed to make it take years and years to learn the language.
Not long ago I was a student myself. The reason I started teaching was because I saw a huge problem in education, especially in how the information is presented to students. To me it looks like one programmer explains to another programmer how to use the software. These lectures are not meant to teach us something, but to make us feel stupid and even more confused. So you ask yourself, why can’t I learn French?
#1 “Poor Teaching” problem
Back in school … I used to have a wonderful university teacher. I took his course because mythology was interesting and even mysterious to me. However, after the first class I realized how boring it can it be. I asked myself: “Is it really that boring or is the teacher doing something wrong?” Every class was a three hour presentation that was loaded with terminology, names, charts, and tables. I realized that I knew nothing about mythology and lost interest in learning more. If you are a parent or your relatives/friends have kinds you probably hear them saying how poor the language is taught at schools. Children learn hundreds of useless words and rules they will never use their entire life, but have no idea how to ask a basic question such as: What is your name? It is a huge issue for both parents and children. Something is definitely wrong here!
#2 “Language Business” problem
Language learning is a huge business. Most of the time, teachers at schools don’t show initiative and just follow the program, tutoring centers and language schools, most of the time, are not interested in you or your child “speaking a language”, but more “learning a language” for obvious reasons. Keep this in mind when you set out to look for a language class in your area.
#3 “Learn for the Sake of Learning” problem
Another common reason that I hear from my students is: “I learn French for myself, because I love the language”. I want to warn you that with this goal in mind you will never ever speak the language. You will be a life-long student. Since you like it, how you can stop something that you enjoy doing? It is a time trap. Think about a higher goal instead, like impressing your friends and family, so that they will feel proud or amazed, have more friends from other countries or find a French.
#4 “Magic Pill” problem
Everything that you do requires work and time. You should never believe people who say otherwise – they are probably not telling you everything. This is true only for lazy people who will never be where they dream to be because they hope someone will come and do everything for them.
#5 Motivation Problem
The first thing to understand is that a language is not a database of words and rules but a tool for communication. The conversation has nothing in common with what you find in language textbooks. Those books do pretty much the same thing – they teach you to learn a language, but they don’t teach you to speak the language. This startling difference between learning for the sake of learning vs. learning to speak the language helped me design this program. Remember, language is a tool to reach your goals: getting a raise, making more sales, negotiating and securing contracts with French business partners, finding a more interesting job, obtaining that license that will open different opportunities for you, passing the immigration interview, traveling to another country and feeling at home, having a better understanding of other cultures, and ways of thinking, impressing your family and friends, developing your memory… and a lot more! If you take a language learning too seriously you will never speak it!
#6 Unreasonable Expectations
Many people see the language learning as a huge obstacle. The major reason for that is that we tend to have some unreasonably expectations of knowing a foreign language. It is not quite clear what we really mean by know ling a language. It seems to me that surprisingly many people believe that they haven’t’ really learned a language until they are perfectly fluent in it. This is a very wrong approach. I will give you an example. My mandarin for example is far from being fluent, however when I go to China town in Toronto or talk to my Chinese friends, my mandarin is not that bad, in fact it is quite useful. All these beliefs about the language learning are just keeping you far away from speaking French.
This is everything I have for you for today, look forward to talk to you soon!
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