Is there really an age limit for learning languages? An 80 yr old woman learned Russian!
|February 12, 2013||Posted by Omowali Isidore under Self Education|
Language learning can be very challenging. However, what I am about to tell you might make you feel a little embarrassed or even ashamed if you ever had a goal that you wanted to accomplish, yet made excuses or allowed things to get in the way as to not fulfill it. To be frank, I think this has happened to all of us at some point or another in our lives..including me in this boat. However what can you do to muster up the courage to start language learning?
I was on Facebook yesterday and saw a link to a Youtube video that was shared. I think this video was not only motivating, yet also inspirational for those that might be afraid, or even doubtful with their ability of possibly being able to learn a language. The video was about a woman named Mary Hobson who now is in her 80′s that set and achieved her goal of learning a language.
Sometimes when people think about some of the easiest languages to learn, perhaps most might think about those that are Latin-based or use a Latin written system. However, Mary Hobson went beyond that & stepped up to the challenge and decided to learn Russian. If you speak Russian, or are learning Russian like me, then you probably know what I am about to say. Russian is extremely difficult language to learn for most and more so for those who native languages are not Slavic based.
The unique and very impressing thing about Mary Hobson is that she started learning languages in her mid 50′s, later started studying in universities at age 62, and then finished her PhD at age 74. When I looked at this video considering her background, age and circumstances, I was completed floored. You probably will also. When you watch this video and listen to her Russian accent, ask yourself sincerely if there is really an age limit to language learning. Secondly, after doing that, ask yourself what is really hindering you from learning a language? Mary Hobson’s example is very moving and really puts things into perspective when it comes to self-education and even personal goal setting. There are really no real excuses that a person can make for not at least trying to learn a language. I know that Russian is difficult, yet I am encouraged by her example to keep learning it.
Now the entire video is in Russian, so if you don’t speak Russian you can simply listening to it if you are learning it.
What do you think about her Russian accent? Isn't really motivating to see an 80 year old woman learning and speaking a language fluently? Tell me what you think below..
If you have a goal of learning a language, don't get discouraged nor make excuses or allow anything to deter you from that goal. It really doesn't matter your age, circumstances or background. The only real variable in the equation is YOU. So if you really would like to learn a language, then you can.