Polyglots: Difficulties and ways to deal with them

An individual who wants to have multilingual capacities with a view to expand horizons is a polyglot. People are motivated towards becoming polyglots by certain aspirations or sometimes certain events which trigger the urge to learn new languages. People learn new languages for various reasons like when they intend to pursue studies in a country or undertake a holiday or business venture there. Inspite of the difficulties in polyglotism acquisition, people who are passionate about learning new languages make it a mission to commit towards the endeavor.

Polyglots face a number of issues when they are constantly in the process of learning new languages or expanding their knowledge base. One can follow several tips to become a polyglot but there are other difficulties involved, which must be dealt with such as:

  • Time management becomes a very challenging issue. This is so because polyglots are like normal people with daily routines. It often is the case that after starting to learn a new language people cannot give it enough time. This either impedes growth or makes life extremely hectic which can take the joy out of it and is one of the troubles faced by polyglots.
    Many polyglots try to manage time by not attempting to take on absorbing more language than one as that can be stressful with day to day routines. Hence, it would be a good idea to do only one language at a time.
  • Polyglots often lose control over languages already learnt in the process of learning new languages. The challenge is that they are not able to practice which they sometimes leave to doing when they are in the country in which the language is spoken.
    Polyglots who have overcome this suggest either to join polyglot clubs which allow one to speak with a person who is a native speaker of the language as quid pro quo in turn for speaking with that person in your own native language.
  • Another issue which plagues many who go down the road of learning new languages is that they do it for the wrong reasons. Thus, what happens is that they lack requisite commitment or passion to go through with the endeavor. This is a serious obstacle for a polyglot since one must have focus and long term perseverance in order to learn a language.
    Hence, one must learn a language in order to grow as an individual, for a passion which they have or even if it is to fit in a country wish to travel to.
  • The methodology used to learn a new language is also important. One must try to learn the language stage by stage and not rush the experience or the process. The method involved in absorbing any language must include the gradual development of elements such as inductive learning of languages, phonemic coding, sensitivity to grammar and associative memory.

Thus, one would be well advised to follow the proper structure involved in learning a language else they might find it difficult to later comprehend the language in its spoken form.


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