Whatever your background, learning a language can seem a daunting and difficult task. This can be rooted in bad memories of language learning at school. If you are of a certain age, definitely over 40, you might recall schooldays and trying to learn French or learn German through a mix of parrot fashion repetition exercises that consisted of disconnected sentences of debatable value in terms of real-life usefulness.

Another hindrance is the fact that for Brits, and other English native-speakers from pre-dominantly English-speaking countries, there is a prevailing andlsquo;why botherandrsquo; attitude when it seems the rest of the world is feverishly busy learning English. Of course there are very good social, cultural and commercial reasons for doing so but language learning lethargy appears to be very deeply rooted in the UK.

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