you know the old joke:
*"What do you call a person who speaks three languages?
Answer : trilingual
"What do you call a person who speaks two languages?
Answer : bilingual
So what do you call a person who speaks one language?
Answer : An American.*
Most of the human beings on the planet earth speak more than one language.
So you can do it, too. Even if you’re American.
Learning a language is something that ANY intelligent adult can do. Some people (not me, unfortuately) can do it like learning music–just pick it up by ear.
Other people, like me, have to laboriously memorize all the rules of grammar, and then learn to use them by practicing over and over and over.
Learning a language can be complicated.
Learning ,say, nuclear physics can also be complicated.
But there is a big difference —A language makes you feel STOOPID.
When you start out studying nuclear physics, you don’t know how difficult it will be, because you start with the simple concepts, and then gradually work up. You don’t feel stupid, because each step on the way, from 1st grade science class up to your PhD degree, is new and interesting.
But when you start learning a language, you already know in advance how complex it will be,( because you already speak your native language at ‘PhD level’ ), --yet you have to begin by reducing yourself to the level of a child in 1st grade.
It is humiliating to be an adult and not be able function like an adult. But if you decide that you want to learn, then you can ignore the feelings of humiliation, and use each mistake as another step on the journey.
If I want to learn the chemistry periodic table, I would have to repeat it over and over to memorize it. Imagine saying “Fe means Iron, Na means sodium, Pb means lead” etc,etc. Lots of boring repetition. But it doesn’t make you feel stupid, because, hey, I’m learning, right?
Now, if you want to learn to conjugate a verb ,you have to repeat
" I eat the apple" “I ate the apple” “I will eat the apple”
Lots of boring repetition—But it makes you feel stupid.
But, hey, you’re learning, right?
Go for it!