Why is it that so many people who want to learn Italian
never get to speak well? Most people will tell you it's one of 3 reasons...
1) "I'm just not good at languages".
Actually, we're all wired for languages, after all most of
us had no trouble with the first one.
Did you know that somewhere between 60% and 75% of
the world's population speak 2 or more languages?
2) Others will blame their age...
Like Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon, I'm too old
for this %&^$...
Well, an eminent neurologist research suggests that brain aging is a myth.
Good news for us that aren't exactly spring chickens.
3) Some people think, if I just conjugate more verbs and
learn even more grammar rules, I'll finally get it.
Well, I think Albert Einstein said it best...
Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and
expecting different results.
You see, these are not the real reason so many people
fail at learning Italian.
Simply put, it's the approach that's all wrong. By making small
changes in how you go about learning, you suddenly discover
everything starts falling into place. You realize that you aren't
the problem after all, it's the way you were taught that is the
problem. You find out that you actually do have an ability for
language and everything you hoped to be able to do with
Italian is within your reach...and best of all, you're definitely
not too old.
I completely agree with you about wrong approaches as a major cause of failure. I also think it's a question of attitude. The biggest problem with adults learning languages is that they expect to be able to express themselves in a foreign language in a complex fashion within a few months - when this doesn't happen, they give up. I think people need to accept that when you start learning a new language you have to go back to thinking like a child and not expect to be able to talk about the theory of relativity after 2 weeks of study