Learning a new language takes perseverance, dedication, and a strong commitment to regular practice. Language learning is often considered best at a young age, but the reality is that people can learn new language-learning techniques at any age. Although it may seem like a daunting task, many countries enjoy a multilingual population—and learning a second language promotes growth in many facets, especially cognitive ability.
Native speakers often find it difficult to take on a new language separate from their own, and programs like Rosetta Stone and Duolingo have become wildly popular as people venture out of their comfort zone and their native language. In fact, between globalization and the expansion of internet usage, people have found themselves more connected, setting the stage for language-learning methods and language-learning programs to become more efficient than ever before.
One of the difficulties in language learning is the severe differences in vocabulary, alphabets, and pronunciations throughout the human-language spectrum. A person who regularly speaks English will not easily adapt to Japanese, and vice versa. Many languages exist in stark contrast to each other, and learning strategies have evolved over time to accommodate these differences. For instance, the use of verbs consistently changes throughout each language, and syntax between languages has an incredibly wide variety. As we move further away from the concept of Babel (in which humanity is forever burdened by a lack of communication due to the wide variety of languages), the classroom to learn new languages grows larger every year.
With developments like artificial intelligence technology, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that we may see massive developments in communication within our lifetime, even further than the internet has allowed. Until this technology can translate in real time, however, it is likely to be used as a learning tool. From cognitive strategies to audio lessons, the world of language learning continues to expand—and from this, the level of global communication improves.