Intelligence and talent — how they can help us to learn a language
When we enter the educational world, it is common to hear about the influence of intelligence and talent on student learning. Before arguing, it is necessary to know the true meaning of the words, intelligence, and talent. Several searches of dictionaries led me to conclude that:
Talent — vocation, gift, or skill. This term is used to designate people’s natural abilities or ability to perform activities.
Intelligence — mental ability to reason, plan, solve problems, understand, and learn.
We are talking about talent and intelligence in language learning. Languages are complex, irregular systems and have rules. To learn better, it is necessary to develop skills, not just knowledge; these skills, developed as a result of interaction and understanding, therefore, there must also be identified with customs and cultures. So, to be fluent in a language, we have to learn its phonetics, grammar, text interpretation, history, geography, religion, etc.
No one will ever know if you are more or less intelligent or if you are more or less talented. This subject is of great personal nature and it is up to you to evaluate and discover yourself. In one of my readings, I came across the following question: “What do Princess Diana, Picasso, Ayrton Senna, Mother Teresa, and Bill Gates have in common?” Perhaps the answer would be that everyone has been successful in different areas using their special talent. Yes, but we don’t realize the most important thing: these five people were intuitive and found out within them what they wanted to do, how to do it, and where they wanted to go. They all proved to be smart, but above all, they developed their talents. But you must be asking yourself: What does this analysis have to do with my studies? First, the simple fact that you have a goal: to learn a language. Second, to do this work, you need to seek knowledge and prepare for the unexpected. It is not enough just to know, it is necessary to develop and do. Thus, you will create a personal development cycle.
Answer the following questions: What are your personal skills? How will you develop these skills for your learning? What new concepts can be used to improve your learning?
Your answers will help you get to know each other better and achieve your goal of learning a new language.
Remember that the first step of wanting to learn has already been taken, the second step is a favor to you: never stop trying!
“Talent was nobody until he married Perseverance and that was how Initiative, Determination, and Creativity were born”