Language is about communication. You learn a language to speak with and understand others. Likewise, we want to be understood.
It’s frustrating when someone doesn’t understand you. It’s even more frustrating when you don’t understand them. It creates a communication barrier that one or both speakers then need to try and bridge.
Often, it’s the fear of this barrier that prevents us from even trying to talk to someone in the first place.
This fear is illogical. This becomes clearer when we put language into the context of another skill we might want to learn. Let’s take skiing for example. You’ve never skied before. Some of your friends ski though, and you’re starting to think you might want to try it out.
How would you go about this?
Would you read books to try and understand the movements your body needs to make?