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Learning a New Language

Introduction

Read through the following text and look up any vocabulary you are not sure about before answering the questions.

Many people find learning new languages very difficult. It often takes a lot of time and dedication just to pick up the basics of new languages. However, there are some people, known as polyglots, that seem to be able to learn almost any language without too much difficulty, and they often know how to speak at a conversational level in multiple languages.

Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary
  • come easily/easy/naturally (phrase)
  • pick up (something) (phrasal verb)
  • communicate (verb)
  • as a result of (something) (phrase)

The Question

Try and have a conversation for 2-3 minutes answering the following question.
Does learning new languages come easily to you?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Learning a New Language
  • How many languages have you tried to learn at some point throughout the course of your life?
  • In your opinion, what kind of things make a language difficult to learn?
  • What sort of things can people do to make learning a new language easier?
  • What languages do you think are the easiest to learn? Why?
  • What languages do you think are the most difficult to learn? Why?
  • If you had to learn a new language which language would you choose?

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