From this unforgettable experience, we have realized how hard it is to learn a new language after the critical period but it also proves that it is not impossible. Geena bought a lot of book on basics to this language and simple phrases to that language and she has been trying to learn them over these past few years and it used up a lot of her time. She wanted to give up but seeing Mr. Lee gave her a lot of hope and somehow he was able to encourage her to keep on learning. We have been wondering how far learning language would take us and whether this was the right thing we should be doing with our life and seeing how far Mr. Lee has achieved, including Mr. Nazriq , it helped us to believe in our choices and one fine day, everything will fall into places.
Mr. Lee said one of the most important factors to learn a language is our environment. He said our surrounding is very important to help us with it. We need people around us to speak the language, so it will be easier for us to learn. An addition for that, in the process of acquiring a language, if that particular language is basically more or less kind of the same with the first language, it'll be easier for one to acquire that language, even though after his/her critical period. In Mr. Lee's case, he said acquiring Japanese language is not really a problem for him since, his first language is Korean, which the vocabulary between these two languages is quite the same.
Mr. Lee said, in acquiring language, other than speaking, learning and memorizing new vocabulary everyday, watching movie also helps. EXACTLY! 100% agreed. For instance, Geena watches TONS of Korean dramas and movies, somehow she is able to speak Korean and knows the slang, pronunciation or the way they speak. Even though she never intended to learn that language, she is able to understand and speak a few dialogues and words. Same goes to Aina and Salsabila who watch TONS of Spanish dramas and Hindi movies, they are able to understand what the actor and actress are saying even though without the subtitle!
Aina finds that in the process of acquiring language, if we are living in a particular area which the people there majorly speak that language, it would be a LOT easier to learn that language. For instance, Ms. Hazirah told us a story about her nephew. Her nephew is able to speak Mandarin. One major reason is because his parents asked their neighbour which is a Chinese, to speak with him every single day. This surely helps a lot in acquiring another language other than the mother tongue language (which is something that everyone in their house uses that language).
We are in IIUM today, we have to learn Arabic language. It is beyond our critical hypothesis now, so it's a bit hard for us to acquire it. From what Mr. Lee has told us, I suggest all of us to make friends with Arabs (we have many Arabs in our main campus). To be friends with them, means we have to talk to them. So, talk to them and ask them to speak Arabic in order for us to learn the language faster and more effective.
Language is something that you have to acquire and put a really hard work on it. It's not something that you can learn by memorizing formula or format. So, it is not a walk in the park process. You gain what you work for. In whatever we are doing, if we really put our hearts into it and 'ikhlas', InsyaAllah, no matter how hard and how painful the journey is, we will be able to face it and receive rewards in the end. In addition, learning is an 'ibadah as stated in al-Quran. It's not a burden. No matter how hard it is, if it is worth fighting for, why not? :p