Living in country to learn a language: is it necessary?

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope everything is fine with you and that you are having a wonderful week.
With that said, in today’s post I am going to discuss whether it is necessary or not to live in a country to learn the language.
I do not have the correct answer to this question, I can only express my opinion about it and I would say that it depends, sometimes it’s really effective and sometimes you don’t need to live in country at all.
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I have been studying English for about 10 years now and I have never lived in the UK (or a country where English is the official language), except for the two-week trip to a college during the summer, which I have experience twice.
So I’ve been learning English on my own, at school, with movies and books. So in this case I would say no, it is not necessary to live in country to learn a language.
On the other hand, ย I feel that going to live in France would really help me learning French a lot better than just studying it on my own and at University. And as for Norwegian, well, living in country really made the difference, but I have to say that I really can’t tell if I would have started learning Norwegian on my own before experiencing the exchange year in Norway.
It goes without saying that living in country gives you a whole different insight on the language and that the learning process is at its best. Anyway, if you really want, you can do anything, even learning a language at home!
Concluding this brief post, I would say that the answer is yes as much as it is no!
I would love to hear from you about this topic, what would you answer? What are your language learning experiences?
A presto!

6 thoughts on “Living in country to learn a language: is it necessary?

  1. I almost think it’s just a different style of learning or even what you learn is different. So for instance, my spoken Finnish is pretty good but my grammar is atrocious because I haven’t sat down with a text book. On the other hand, my Italian grammar is possibly better than my spoken Finnish (if you can compare those) but my spoken Italian is rubbish because of the lack of practise and my lack of vocabulary! So, naturally I have to agree with you! ๐Ÿ˜€

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