Expand your Horizons with a Second Language
When many people think of learning a new language one single
use or advantage comes to their mind. That may be a business
purpose or a tourism one, but it usually just the one.
However, learning a new tongue is a major step in anyone's
life, and it is worth taking the time to consider the positive
impact which it could have in multiple areas before you go ahead
and make a final decision on getting started.
You may want to simply enjoy a more interactive style of holiday;
one where you get to speak to the locals and feel part of a
different culture for a short period. Another popular reason for
learning a new language is to meet a requirement for a new job,
for example when you are going to be posted abroad or need to be
able to carry out basic communication with foreign colleagues.
In either of these circumstances, or any other you care to
think of, it is worth taking the time to ask yourself, "How can
I take advantage of this new skill in my life?" The opportunities
and new directions which the knowledge of a new tongue opens up for
you are not to be underestimated and should be carefully considered.
Of course, the difficulty in learning a new language is a factor
which puts a lot of potential students off before they even start.
With our busy, modern lives it can be really difficult to find a
way to get to night classes on time every time. Even those students
who start off with great enthusiasm and energy often find that they
don't complete the course for one reason or another.
The lack of viable alternatives to this approach has long been
a problem for people wanting to learn a new language, but now a great
new style of learning means that if you want to learn Italian in London
homes, Birmingham offices, Leicester shops and basically anywhere
in the UK and Ireland can be turned into a classroom any time you want.
The secret behind this new teaching method is so simple that it
makes you wonder why it has taken so long for it to become popular.
The new student simply asks a native speaking teacher to go to either
their home or place of work at the time that suits them.
Let's look at an example of someone who would really struggle to
pick up another language through traditional methods. The person in
question wants to learn Portuguese in Leeds
but works long days in the centre of Leeds and then faces a tiring
commute home. Instead of finding out what ways to learn Portuguese
in the early morning or in the middle of night he could get a
qualified teacher to visit his office at lunch time or his home
in the evening when he arrives.
About the author
The author, Ivana, learned Spanish in order to expand her personal and
professional horizons and now lives and works in South America,
where she teaches English as well as writing on a part time basis
about the benefits of being bilingual.