• Daniel Ednie-Lockett

The Journey of Language learning

Updated: Jan 6, 2019

As we learn a new language we pass through a series of phases, each with different lengths in time, challenges, and feelings.

We all want to reach a high level of proficiency, enough to speak with our friends or family effortlessly, to study in the language, or work in the language. We all have an idea of exactly how that language success looks.

For me, learning Japanese was about going out and hanging out with Japanese friends and talking entirely in Japanese. When I was learning Chinese I wanted to be able to work with Chinese clients and do business.

I achieved different goals in these languages but the road I traveled for each was in many ways very similar. The journey can be likened to approaching an island and making our way from one end to the other.

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