Language Learning and Insanity

Posted on | December 10, 2013 | 1 Comment

Yesterday, I came across a post in one of the language learning forums. Someone asked for advice on improving his Russian accent. Despite clearly stating that he had been trying for a long time to listen and repeat but did not improve a lot, he was advised by a few others to keep listening and practicing.

Some people in the thread did not think phonetics was useful. My personal experience tells otherwise. My English accent improved a lot after attending an accent reduction course (which taught phonetics), and this was years after living in English speaking countries. Ironically, I did not even notice my accent was that heavy before attending the course.

My main point in this post is not about the usefulness of phonetics in accent reduction. I just want to point out that if some method is clearly not working well after trying for a while, it could be time to explore other methods.

Someone (most likely NOT Einstein) once said that ‘insanity’ is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Do you feel your language learning is reaching a plateau and not going anywhere despite all your hard work? Is it time to try something different?


One Response to “Language Learning and Insanity”

  1. Petra
    December 11th, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

    Good article, it your way of learning doesn´t work, you should try something new.

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