A big myth that most people believe to this day is that learning a language requires you to live in the country where it is spoken. Unless the language you’re trying to learn is spoken by very few people in a remote area, you do not need to move to the country where the language is spoken.
The way we all learn languages is through comprehensible input (C.I.) — Messages we can understand. As and when we absorb more C.I. , we begin to increase our knowledge of the language we are trying to acquire.
The reason we can now learn languages without moving to the country where it is spoken is:
- The amount of content available on Youtube.
- The amount of free written material available in the form of news and eBooks on the internet.
- The ability to contact native speakers through various applications on the Internet.
I started learning Spanish at the age of 21 in India. Till date, I have not been to a Spanish speaking country, yet, I have passed the C1 exam and now have my own Youtube channel where I publish content in Spanish.
You can surely learn your target language in your home country.