Don’t place a timer on learning a new language
“It’s like learning a new skill,” says Safieh Moghaddam, the associate chair of linguistics and languages at the University of Toronto. There’s no set amount of hours for mastering a language – and the learning process will vary for everyone.
Language learning apps are more popular than ever
According to data compiled by free language app Duolingo, more than 30 million people attempted to learn a new language in the United States in 2020.
Learn cognates first
These are words that look and mean the same thing as words you already know – for instance, historia (history) in Spanish or bruder (brother) in German. “This may help the learner gain confidence and think that learning a new language is not that challenging,” says Moghaddam.