I heard someone wondering recently if learning a foreign language was perhaps a waste of time. Is it a waste of time? I’ll cover this answer in this article.
As far as some of the benefits of learning a new language, I don’t think it is a waste of time. This includes the personal benefits from having a new world of entertainment opened up to you including movies, television, magazines, books, etc. It also includes the possible job benefits of being a more valuable worker, getting better pay or receiving a better position. It also includes the medical benefits of keeping your mental skills sharp and preventing the onset of brain diseases like alzheimer’s and dementia.
So, all these reasons make it clear that learning a foreign language is not simply a waste of time. However, I do believe that on the individual level, learning a new language can be a waste of time. For example, if you absolutely hate learning languages, then you’re going to have a very hard time going down the long road to fluency in a second language. Also, if the way you study a language is to do so for an hour every week, for example, then you could say that you might be wasting your time since the amount of learning you will do and actually retain will be very minimal.
Also, I should note that learning a foreign language to a certain level and then stopping and never reviewing will also make it a waste of time since you will quickly lose what you worked so hard to learn before!
In this way, learning a language is not inherently useless but it can be to you if you are not learning the right way, don’t have a good reason to want to learn it or don’t enjoy learning the language. I think that most of these problems can be fixed. That is, if you don’t enjoy learning the language, it’s probably because you are using the wrong method.
Dont give up! Thanks for reading,
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