Learning languages help us feel like we are growing and evolving, something that is important at any point in life.
Regardless of the evolutionary phase we are in, we all need to feel like we are evolving and growing. And learning languages, along with the cultural component that is implicit, is one of those elements that can be part of our goals and objectives at probably all stages of our life.
Each age / stage has its particularities and its nuances; the motivations are different and so are our expectations and the way in which we achieve them.
Learning languages is useful and enriching for various reasons. What at any one time will mean personal growth, in another will be professional prospection and in another social enrichment. We will thus always have a reason that justifies dedicating ourselves to it.
Although it is certain that each evolutionary moment raises different challenges in learning and that when we think about learning languages, it is the same. If we know where and who we are, we can choose the most adequate route to face this challenge.
- Up to 3 years old: Get familiar with new sounds in order to get started. Start listening to the new language through different mediums can be very useful.
- 4 to 5 years old: We can start going to use and learning from familiarization; games, songs, etc. are some elements that can help us.
- 5 to 10 years old: When there is more awareness, it is time to motivate curiosity and learning; traveling and language immersion will be great tools to achieve it.
- 10 to 18 years old: There is enough maturity to learn the language, including its grammar, syntax, etc. This is when the theoretical classes start to make sense. It is imperative that we put the theory into practice, looking for conversations and real interactions to maintain and boost interest.
- 18 to 35 years old: The main motivation is usually related to professional projection. Theoretical classes and their implementation will continue being some of the best ways to achieve this. At this time, there is usually availability to take into consideration. Trips and stays abroad for immersion will maximize learning.
- 35 to 60 years old: There are more personal burdens that limit long trips, but not short or punctual trips or maintaining distance relationships. The implementation of everything we can learn at the theoretical level will be basic in order to reinforce and evolve.
- 60 years old and above: The motivation tends to be social and not so much labor (which doesn’t mean that previously it wasn’t social). The implementation will be basic since it is clearly the objective by which they undertake the challenge and will facilitate the acquisition.
It will be essential to actually adapt the learning experience to our reality to set the appropriate expectations and to obtain great value from the practice.
From there, do not let anyone say “It’s too early or too late to learn a language” or “But don’t you think you’re too old for this?” If there’s a reason to do it, you have the opportunity to take it to the practice field. And if you personalize the method to your reality, you will achieve it!
What is your motivation? Simply because you feel like it? Because you think it will be useful if you think about your new position in the company? Cause you’ve met someone interesting? Or because you care about their professional future? Maybe because you feel it will help you in your personal development? Because it will make you happy? Or cause it will allow you to relate to a large part of your family? Because it is a great challenge? For whatever reason!
So, why not consider that children under 9 years undergo a language exchange experience? Can we do it in a way that doesn’t make them feel helpless (accompanying them or doing it through a family very similar to ours) with a family language exchange? Let’s do it!
Why not consider that our children carry out multiple and varied cultural immersions in other countries and with different families? If it is not necessary to make a large economic investment, only return tickets, why not take advantage of it so that they have shorter and, if possible, more language exchange experiences in the family? Cheer up!
And, why not consider doing a language exchange in the family as adults? Why not look for an environment of trust and common interests that helps us improve the language without realizing it? Can we find an interesting and enriching family to spend a few days with? Come on!
A language exchange in family can be a great ally. Regardless of your age, it can help you.
There are many families around the world looking for the best way to grow and evolve. Learning languages is a great excuse to get rich at many more levels. Language immersion is the best way to give practical meaning to this. And experiencing a family language exchange is a great opportunity.
That is why there is Swap Family – the great network of families that will allow you to customize and adapt your learning languages project to your personal reality and your expectations at all times.
Log in, contact, agree and achieve your goals! Because we can finally consider doing a language exchange in another way – in our own way.
And always remember that doing the Swap is not a matter of age and that learning languages will always be of great value!