Today I’d like to talk a little bit about one of the reasons why I love learning new languages and essentially it’s to see the reaction of people when you speak their language. And it’s even… Usually you get a really good reaction even if it’s at a basic level, even if you say just a few words in that language, it’s really cool to see the reaction from people. And I’ve dabbled in a lot of languages, so as a result I know who say a few words in many, many languages, and of course that in several of these languages I can just really say a few words, or maybe a few sentences and then… Of course, other languages, I speak them at a basic level, and then some I speak at an intermediate level, then many at a fluent level. But even these languages that I can only really say a few words in, it’s so cool to see the reaction from people, people who have that language as their mother tongue when I speak to them, and that’s just such a rewarding thing. To just see the look on their faces of surprise: “Wow, you know a few sentences, you know a few words in my language” and especially if you can actually communicate a little bit, and let alone if you’re fluent, of course.
If you’re fluent, then people are just like: “oh wow, great!” But it’s… If you’re at a, you know, at a basic level and intermediate level or, like I said, even if you just know a few words or sentences it’s really, really cool to just see the reaction, the reaction you get from people and they’re like… Normally they’re just pleasantly surprised and sometimes they’re just like: “oh wow, that’s really cool, you appreciate my culture, you appreciate my language”… Because of course language is always tied to the culture, so it’s really neat to see that, you know, the look in people’s faces when you talk to them in their language.
I am blessed enough to just actually live in a pretty multicultural city like Vancouver, Canada, and so I have the chance to, you know, meet people from all over the world, people from many different cultures. So then, I have the chance to just actually approach people and be just like: “oh hey, I can say a few words in your language” and normally they’re very pleasantly surprised, and that’s… That’s really cool, and I think that even for people who don’t really plan on spending a ton of time learning a new language and mastering it, I think it’s actually so cool to just learn a few sentences, and you know, that’s just not gonna take you long. Get to a basic conversational level in a specific language and then go out, try to chat with people. I know that some people prefer to actually only have a conversation when they are at a pretty high level in the language. If that’s you, I respect that, that’s totally fine. I personally like actually having a chat even if I just know a few sentences or even a few words in the language, so I can get feedback from my pronunciation and you know on, whatever, grammar and whatever else, but so that’s what I like to do. So it’s kind of like a personal choice, really. If you like to do that, if you like to try to have chats right away, you can go ahead. If not, that’s totally fine well, but it’s a really cool thing, it’s a really rewarding experience to have a quick chat with people from a different place, you can speak with them in their language it’s quite awesome. So that’s one of the big reasons why I am quite driven to learn new languages and that’s it!