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Things to consider when choosing a language to learn :
In today's globalized world learning another language is extremely useful. Here in Malaysia, our central location in South East Asia puts us in contact with many different cultures and languages. How do you choose which language to learn though? Here's 4 tips to help choose.
How Is It Spoken?
When choosing a language it's important to know how steep the learning curve will be when it comes to speaking the language. Langues like Mandarin Chinese have tones, certain intonations that will change the meaning of a word even if the basic sound is the same. Languages like English, Spanish or French may be simple to speak but have many confusing rules about sentence structure, tense or classifiers. Be sure to look into what you are getting into and what languages may be closest to your native language, and therefore easiest to learn.
How Is It Written?
Certain languages, like English, French, or Bahasa Malaysia use the latin alphabet while other languages like Korean or Arabic use their own unique alphabet. Being able to read is important for learning any language, so if you are familiar with the latin alphabet it may be easier for you.
Where Will I Use It?
One of the things to consider about learning a language is where you are going to use it. Japanese, for example, is a language that is mainly spoken in Japan or by expatriate Japanese. Unless you have a specific reason for learning that language it may not be as useful in general day to day life as more widely spoken (both natively and as a second language) such as English or French.
How Much Time Do I Have?
Honestly look at your situation and figure out how much time you'll realistically have to study a language. If you have a lot of time you have a better chance of mastering a completely different language than your native tongue, but, if you have some fairly tight schedule it may be better to learn a language that is fairly close to yours and therefore a little easier for you to master. Whatever you end up deciding, gawin can help connect you with talented and vetted language teachers!