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The biggest challenges when learning a new language

Learning a new language can be an exciting journey that enriches your life in many ways. But as with any journey, there are challenges to overcome. In this article, we'll look at some of the most common language learning challenges and give you tips on how to overcome them successfully.

The fear of making mistakes

Many people are afraid of speaking in a new language. They are afraid of making mistakes or are ashamed of their pronunciation. But that's nonsense: no one learning a new language has to be ashamed of not yet mastering it perfectly. Mistakes are a natural part of the learning process and offer you the opportunity to grow and improve. Encourage your language partners to correct you and teach you perfect pronunciation.

The difficulty of sticking with it

Language learning takes time, commitment and perseverance. It's easy to be motivated when you're just starting out, but the real challenge is to keep at it, even when the going gets tough. Find ways to keep your motivation up, whether it's through the use of rewards, setting goals or finding a language partner to practice with regularly. You'll find that even small steps go a long way.

Too many learning resources

In today's digital world, there are a seemingly endless number of learning resources for every language. From apps to books to online courses, it can be difficult to figure out which method works best for you. Experiment with different resources and find out which one best suits your learning style. Some methods complement each other well: for example, it can be helpful to learn vocabulary with a language app and receive feedback on pronunciation through a language exchange.

The challenge of conversation

Speaking in a new language can be particularly challenging, as it's not just about mastering vocabulary and grammar, but also the ability to communicate fluently and spontaneously. Look for opportunities to speak regularly with native speakers, be it through tandem partnerships, language courses or online communities. The more you practise, the more confident you will become in using the language.

Language learning is a process that takes time and patience. It's easy to get frustrated if you're not progressing as quickly as you'd like. But it's important to remember that everyone has their own learning pace and that it's perfectly normal to slow down. Celebrate your successes, even the small ones, and be patient with yourself. It's important to realize that language learning is a journey that comes with ups and downs. However, by facing the challenges and working hard, you can experience the joy and enrichment that comes with mastering a new language. Keep at it, be brave and above all: have fun!

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Ciao a tutti! Ich möchte meine Konversation auf Deutsch verbessern. Ich suche jemanden in Bern, der/die bereit ist, mich persönlich zu treffen, aber auch online, wenn ich unterwegs bin. Ich biete Italienisch an.

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I am Russian living in Zurich since 2018. Would like to improve my German (currently B1 level), can help with Russian :) Also, speak English fluently.

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Hallo euch ich möchte deutsch lernen und wenn jemand von mir Paschtu sprache Lernen. Ich kann Ihnen helfen.

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