You Can Learn a Language Today!

By: Maryann Woods-Murphy

"I have a tin ear. I have never been any good at languages."

You throw the dictionary on your deck chair in despair, wondering how you are going to order tropical drinks on your next vacation to Mexico. Don't worry - the waiter speaks English.

But you still wanted to learn a language because you always thought it would be fun to communicate with someone in a language other than English. You believe that you can't because:

1. You never learned it as a child and you have heard that only children can learn languages well.

2. Your Spanish teacher threw an eraser at you and called you "tonto" in front of the class.

3. You can't even remember all the words to your favorite song, never mind whole strings of words in a new language!

Don't worry! There's hope yet!

Current research shows that adults learn languages just fine. Children do pick up a more authentic accent, but adults can get everything needed to express themselves in a new language. Besides, that cute little accent will make you sexier and more exotic!

So go online and buy yourself that C.D. program you heard advertized. Listen to the drills in your car back and forth to work. When you come home, watch a movie in the language you are trying to learn - without the subtitles - so you can get the hang of how it all sounds in real life. And finally, make a friend or buddy who speaks the language you are trying to learn. Maybe you can teach them English or trade something else they need. It's fun and free! In the end, nothing can stop you from learning the language of your dreams!

So go ahead, do it and when you do, take your new language skills to a place around the corner or around the world. You'll be glad that you did!

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