Language learning involves determination and consistency.
In order to successfully integrate language learning into your daily life, it’s ideal to put things on a time-scale. This way, you can develop the discipline required to stay active in your training.
Before you get started on planning an effective training schedule, take a closer look at the language that you’d like to learn by asking yourself 3 simple questions:
1. Is this a language you previously learned in school?
If so, then you probably already have the basics of grammar and vocabulary, even if you have forgotten most of it. In this case, you can consider it a 2nd or 3rd language, depending on how familiar you are with it.
2. How different is this language from your native language?
If you're learning a Western European language, these are the most similar to English. On the other hand, Eastern European, African, and Asian languages will require more time because they're less similar to English. Familiarize yourself with the structure of language families, or look up your language on Wikipedia to find out the family and branch it's in.
For example: English is Germanic in structure and grammar, but has a large number of vocabulary from Romance languages. Therefore, English is halfway between Germanic and Romance – making any Western European language in these branches easily accessible.
If your native language is Korean, the situation is different. Korean is not related to any other language, but it does have some characteristics that make it similar to others: the structure of Korean is more or less the same as Japanese (which like Korean, borrows a large amount of vocabulary from Chinese). So, although Chinese is structurally different, it is definitely a good choice as a similar language since you'll already know a large amount of vocabulary when you begin.
3. How many languages have you learned in the past?
The hardest language to learn is your very first foreign language. In this case, we recommend using the slowest, most thorough approach, but together with other learning materials. If your language is written in a different script, your progress will be very slow using other textbooks and teacher's methods. You can save time with Glossika by focusing mostly on the audio and transcription, then coming back and learning the script once you're already familiar with how to use and speak the language.
Please refer to this table to determine the time it’ll take for you to develop fluency in your new language(s):
Now that you've gained a better understanding of your target language, find out how to make your personalized training schedule here.