Why do people have so much trouble with languages?

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    My question is this exact question.

    Why is it that people seem to have so much trouble with languages?

    I'm not saying I'm particularly amazing at languages (French GCSE- A*, Latin GCSE- C). I'm just intrigued as to why people find languages much more difficult than other subjects, such as maths.

    Of course, I know that everyone's brains work differently and everything, but what is it about languages in particular that people find 'difficult' about them, thus creating such a low uptake in British education?
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    I find Maths harder than Languages
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    I think it's hard because you're literally trying to go against a language you've learnt and practiced and developed every day since a baby in like a year or two from a textbook.
    I'm starting french soon, if anyone has any tips for learning a language!


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    I think environment matters a great deal. If you have a set learning environment in which only the target language is spoken it's much easier. Sadly most schools can't really provide this, meaning that learners get put off in early life.
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    I can only speak for GCSE French, but it is so easy when you have Google translate at your fingertips.
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    Learning a language from a textbook and understanding a language spoken constantly around you are two very different matters. Trust me, I'm a trilingual (languages being my natives) who finds French really difficult at times because a textbook does jackshit. And my teacher is jackshit.

    I can kiss my A* goodbye. Never taking languages for A levels after GCSE
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    Combination of poor teaching methods at school + raised monolingual + lack of interest + poor memory = struggle.

    Of course these can all be overcome, but if there's simply a lack of interest it's never going to happen to a decent standard.
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    the way that it's taught is a complete pisstake. if we'd been given more than just a textbook in my gcse french class, more people would have passed... people love to over-complicate languages and try and make them seem as boring as possible.
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    (Original post by airportsh8me)
    Learning a language from a textbook and understanding a language spoken constantly around you are two very different matters. Trust me, I'm a trilingual (languages being my natives) who finds French really difficult at times because a textbook does jackshit. And my teacher is jackshit.

    I can kiss my A* goodbye. Never taking languages for A levels after GCSE
    taking languages at a level is completely different to gcse. at a level your lessons are mainly taught in the language and you have to speak it. you also use authentic texts/speech instead of the crap out the textbook
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    The teaching at school only taught you how to pass the exam.
    Hard to motivate to learn a language when you cannot be surrounded by it every day
    No patterns or method like maths
    Grammar is hard
 
 
 
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