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Top 5 Myths on Learning a Language You Should Know

Top 5 Myths on Learning a Language You Should Know

Everywhere we go, there are myths all around us. This is ever so true when it comes to language learning. We have misconceptions that have been told to us by the media, friends, and traditional educational systems, that limits us from acheiving what we want to accomplish.

Today, we’re going to reveal the top 5 myths about learning a new language.

Myth #1: “I can’t learn a language because I can’t travel…”

The requirement to travel in order to learn a language is probably one of the biggest misconceptions we have.

Part of the reason is that we see language bloggers putting up photos of themselves traveling the world and interacting with native speakers. This can be a good source of motivation for us to learn the language, but it’s fairly misleading.

Most people, including language experts, are learning a language in their local city. Unless you have the luxury of escaping for a full year to go on a language immersion, you’ll need to learn via a conversation exchange, language school, or with a private online teacher.

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Myth #2: “All language learners are more extroverted than I am…”

When we picture a polyglot, we naturally see someone at a social event speaking multiple languages with other attendees.

In reality, polyglots are no more extroverted than the average individual. They stumble upon awkward situations, and they feel moments of nervousness when meeting random strangers. In other words, there are certain polyglots who are introverted, and other polyglots who are extroverted– just like everyone else.

What should be noted is that polyglots enjoy the act of practicing their target language, and they seek out opportunities to interact with native speakers because of this reason.

If you’re letting this limitation prevent you from starting, you should remember that there are other language learners who have been in the exact same shoes as you are.

Myth #3: “I’m too old to learn a language…”

You’ve probably heard this before.

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“Am I too old to learn another language?”
“I learned [insert language] when I was young, but I can’t learn one now…”

This is another outdated myth that we’ve believed for far too long, and recent studies have appeared disproving this logic. Sure, our brains were developing at a faster rate when we were children, but that’s not the entire picture.

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    Age is only one of the many factors that affect our learning speed, along with emotions, genetics, learning environment, internal motivation, and more.

    It also depends on what languages you already know. For example, if you’re an English speaker, learning how to speak Spanish is going to be much easier than learning Mandarin.

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    Myth #4: “Everybody speaks English. Why do I need to learn another language?”

    Yes it’s true. There are a lot of people in the world that speak English. About one quarter of the world’s population.

    But what about the other 5.4 billion people around the world?

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      In the multicultural world that we live in, everything from business, entertainment, and culture is becoming globalized.

      If you want to thrive in the 21st century as a professional, it’s worth learning a foreign language, because you never know when it will come in handy.

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      Myth #5: “I don’t have enough time…”

      All of us have 24 hours in a day. That’s the beauty of time, it is the greatest equalizer among us.

      The difference between successful people and the rest, is that successful people know how to prioritize what’s important in their schedule. If learning a language is on your list of things to do, any one of us can find time to learn something new.

      Today, there are solutions that allow you to learn a language on your own time, and in the comforts of your own home.

      Which means finding the solution isn’t the problem, it’s finding the inner motivation inside of you to find the time to achieve what you deserve.

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      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

      Joe’s Goals

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        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

        Daytum

          Daytum

          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

          Excel or Numbers

            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

            Evernote

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              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

              Access or Bento

                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                Conclusion

                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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