There are many ways to learn languages and different people prefer different learning methods. However, all polyglots have some habits and traits in common. While having them doesn’t guarantee easy language acquisition, they definitely help in the process. So, if you want to become a multilingual (everyone can do it), try to apply these polyglot habits to your own life and practice.
Love for languages
All polyglots love languages. Even if there’s a pragmatic reason why polyglots learn certain languages, that’s not their main drive. Multilingual people are curious about languages in general. They’re fascinated by how different languages work, by their unique sounds and vivid expressions, not present in other tongues. It’s this love for languages that drives polyglots to learn as many of them as possible.
Since genuine interest is the best motivator, it’s only natural that they learn ten or even more languages so easily. Having to learn a new language for a better job is never going to provide more motivation than love does. Luckily for you, this doesn’t mean that you must have this passion for languages to be a polyglot – such a mindset isn’t essential. Although it helps a lot and works like a shortcut, reducing the language acquisition time. Consider reading more about various languages – maybe you’ll be fascinated, too!
Immersion and learning every day
Polyglot habits can turn anyone into a quick learner because they’re efficient. And it’s immersion that helps achieve such efficiency. Polyglots usually don’t spend a lot of time learning from a textbook. On the contrary, they learn by simply surrounding themselves with their target language. They just do the usual things, but they do it in another language. They watch TV, go shopping, read books, listen to music and so on – all in their target language as often as it’s possible.
So, it goes without saying that they’re learning every day. Although this kind of learning doesn’t include sitting in a classroom. Some polyglots can reach an intermediate level of a new language in no more than a month. Such a quick pace is mostly achieved by the immersion that we just mentioned. If you use your target language instead of your native one all the time, it’s not a surprise that you progress very quickly.
Habit to learn easily
Immersion results in easy language learning as well as in a quick one. Since polyglots combine the learning process with other activities, language acquisition becomes a natural thing. A thing that you don’t have to worry about too much. Polyglots simply go on with their lives and the languages take care of themselves. Not without effort altogether, but with much less of it.
No fear, no shame
Easy learning is only possible for people who have no fear of making mistakes or looking ridiculous. All polyglots have somewhat outgoing nature. This doesn’t mean that they’re all crazy extroverts. Nonetheless, they enjoy speaking with new people from time to time and they value the opportunities to make new friends. And when it comes to language learning, new relationships can provide the best language learning method – communication. No polyglot habits are going to help without speaking practice.
However, to get the best of it, you’ve got to get used to making lots of mistakes. You should be open and don’t be afraid to look hilarious or even ridiculous. The mistakes are going to sort themselves out in the long run. And you won’t become a good speaker if you don’t speak. Multilingual people know that very well and use this knowledge to their advantage. So, if you want to learn a ridiculous amount of languages, be ridiculous yourself. It works like a charm.
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