Why is it so hard for me to learn English, while my friend finds it easy? Although we know that making comparisons is not good, it is a question we ask ourselves. The answer is not a simple one. Today we will discuss some of the possible reasons.


The reasons

  • Environmental reasons: Being exposed to a second language, being bilingual. For example, if you already speak a Romance language, it will be easier for you to learn a language from the same family because of similarities in vocabulary and grammatical structure

  • Having a good ear for music: . If you are someone who pays attention to the lyrics of songs and immediately memorizes them, it means that you have an agile and receptive listening comprehension.

  • Although it is never too late, it is better to start as early as possible while the brain’s structures and connections are still developing.

  • There are people who have the ability to think about grammar in an abstract way and therefore don’t let their mother tongue act as a barrier when it comes to learning another language.

  • Not interacting with people from other countries and cultures: . Connecting with people from other countries and speakers of different languages is an incentive and a way of being exposed to different languages and being forced to learn them, as well as getting our ears used to hearing different languages.

    However, there is good news: Just because it costs you more, doesn’t mean that it is impossible. As we have seen, the ear plays an important part in learning a language. This is one of the many reasons why we work with the Callan Method, a grammatically structured and oral method based questions and answers with which you will not only learn English but also to listen to it and speak it.


    Jordi Soler
    Callan Team

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