From "the dog ate my homework" to "my bus was late," we're all fluent in the language of excuses. But wouldn't it be better to be fluent in another language instead? Let's take a look at the top reasons people give for not learning a new language.
"I don't have enough time!"
An average person spends an estimated 45 to 60 minutes waiting around every day. So while stuck in traffic, you can neatly slice in 15 to 30 minutes learning time and still have time for a daydream.
普通人每天估計花上 45 到 60 分鐘瞎等。所以當困在車陣裡時，你可以聰明地撥出 15 到 30 分鐘的學習時間，然後還是有時間做白日夢。
"It's too expensive!"
Back in the dark old days, language learning meant buying stacks of dictionaries and grammar books—not anymore. By occasionally skipping the nearest Fourbucks for coffee, you can make your language learning dreams come true.
Learning a language doesn't mean you have to learn all of the language. Just think, Do you know over a million words in English? With 30 minutes of language learning per day, you'll be rolling on the path to fluency.
學習一種語言不代表你必須學那語言的全部。只要想想看，你知道超過一百萬個英文單字嗎？每天學語言 30 分鐘，你就會邁上說得流利的康莊大道。
"But doesn't everyone speak English?"
Did you know only 10 percent of the world's people speak English as a first or second language? Spanish and Chinese are both snapping at its heels. Besides, you can't truly experience a culture until you get chatting to the locals on vacation.
"I'm too old!"
You're never too old to learn a language. In fact, learning a language can even make your brain younger and help stave off memory-related illnesses such as Alzheimer's.
"I'm no good at it!"
We blame bad memories of school language classes for this one. All humans are super talented at learning language. We picked it up naturally as kids just by listening—no books or studying involved.
"I don't travel, so I'll never get to use it."
Thanks to the Internet, the world is getting smaller every day. Speaking another language opens up a whole new part of the world to you, unlocking new career and social opportunities.
"I'm too embarrassed to talk to a native speaker!"
Fear of being laughed at for speaking a different language affects even the most confident among us. Relax. Native speakers won't be questioning your use of the present subjunctive; they'll be bowled over that you've made the effort to converse in their language.
So trust us, you too can easily become an uber-confident multi-linguist.
- 「看一看」- Take A Look At
Let's take a look at the top reasons people give for not learning a new language.
- 「在某處等候」- Wait Around
An average person spends an estimated 45 to 60 minutes waiting around every day.
普通人每天估計花上 45 到 60 分鐘瞎等。
- 「緊追著某人」- Snap At One's Heels
Spanish and Chinese are both snapping at its heels.
- 「擊退、趕走」- Stave Off
In fact, learning a language can even make your brain younger and help stave off memory-related illnesses such as Alzheimer's.
- 「學會」- Pick Up
We picked it up naturally as kids just by listening—no books or studying involved.
- 「使某人大吃一驚」- Bowl Over
...they'll be bowled over that you've made the effort to converse in their language.