So today I would like to talk about one big reason why I love learning languages a reason why I keep learning new languages and the reason is quite simple regardless of where you are language is freedom. Freedom. A few more free languages and this may sound cheesy to some people and if that’s ok but I’ll share a quick story essentially that will illustrate this.
In 2007 I went to Paris with my father and I was under the delusion that I could speak some French ok and if you don’t know yet a little bit of background on me, basically I was born and raised in Brazil so my first language is Portuguese, which essentially is not that far from French of course it’s still a completely different language but it still has the same roots, both come from Latin so you know, I was in Paris and I was just making an absolute fool out of myself trying to communicate because my levels very very low and I just felt like a complete idiot, embarrassed, especially because of the fact that you know, knowing Portuguese, I thought, well you know if I just spent some time trying to learn French I would think that I would progress quickly in the language and I would you know I couldn’t get around Paris that well, I was just struggling and would always have to ask people for help I made a friend who would speak English and French to just, you know, and we would go around… But it was just essentially… I had no freedom in Paris when I spoke no French.
So essentially that really triggered me to start learning French because they then at a time I just sort of fell in love with French culture and I started reading French books and so on, and it took me about four years to become fluent then my experiences in Paris and I went to Paris several times after that as well, they completely changed. Basically I had the freedom to go around Paris and communicate, but anyway I think that language this freedom. You can travel to different places and you know be more self-sufficient in those places. Essentially when you meet people who speak those languages wherever you are, it doesn’t have to be when traveling it can be in your own country you have more freedom in expressing yourself and I think that that’s it. That’s one gigantic reason for which I learn languages so good luck my friends learning a language.