How many times have you heard someone say they’re too old to change their ways? Have you ever felt that way? Many people feel like making goals, or changing one’s lifestyle is something they have to do in their youth. They feel that once they reach a certain age, changing is just not something they can do.
Is there any truth to this?
Well, there are many studies that prove children absorb languages very quickly when they’re younger. This is why many parents encourage their children to become bilingual as young as possible.
Children and adults do learn differently. Children absorb language without seeking an explanation – they just accept what they’re taught. Therefore children learn languages without even realizing they’re learning. Adults want to understand the language and the process behind it. They analyze, compare, and connect.
Although we assume (sometimes rightly so) that it’s easier to learn a language the younger you are, there are many factors that contribute to language learning. These include variables such as motivation, time, emotional state, physical state and even mental state. So, learning a language may be more difficult when you get older, but it’s not impossible. And it’s never too late to keep improving.
There are many language learners who achieve their goals, and sometimes their English is even better than native speakers! So don’t be discouraged, it is never too late to start new English goals and achieve them!
Here’s how to do it:
1. Think about what you want to change:
Think about your English progress – what are some areas you would like to see more change? Is it your vocabulary or your speaking skills? Take time to think about what you would like to change, and remember to write it down.
2. Focus on one thing at a time:
You may want to see improvements in every aspect of your English, and that is okay. However, don’t let this overwhelm you or you can get really discouraged. Focus on one or two aspects that you would like to change. For example, just focus on learning more vocabulary. Whatever you decide to focus on, write it down. Keep it in a place where you will see it every day to keep your mind focused on your goal.
3. Take small steps:
There is a famous saying that, “Rome wasn’t built in a day“, so too, your English is not going to be fluent in one day. It takes a lot of time to build the basic foundation of language that will soon produce a sturdy, well-built house (or language fluency). What are some small things you can do each day to work on your goal?
Don’t wait until next week, next month or next year to get started on your goals. Get started right now. Write out some goals you’d like to work on. Remember, it is never too late to accomplish new goals!