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Learn to love a language again

April 14th, 2010 by Emily

The English traditionally have a reputation for speaking one language very well - their own! It's a common joke amongst our European cousins that those in the UK don't bother to learn foreign languages. By contrast, many Europeans speak perfect English.

Obviously, this is a great shame, especially if you're one of the many people who learned a language at school and then promptly forgot it the minute you stopped having tuition in that subject. A language is like a muscle. You have to keep on exercising it (i.e. speaking) it to keep it healthy. When you don't have the opportunity to practice your language, you soon become rusty in it. It's not uncommon for those who have achieved, say, A-Level French to have forgotten most of the language they could once speak so well in a matter of a few years.

If you learnt a language at school and wish that you could still speak it, then why not hire a language tutor? With one-to-one focused attention, you could even make more progress than you did at school. Re-learning a language can be fun, challenging and ultimately satisfying.

Once you've started to get back the old language skills, you could even treat yourself to a holiday in that country to practise in the real environment. You're sure to impress the locals by defying that old stereotype.

Categories: Advice, French