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Why learn another language?

  • because more communication can only be a good thing
  • because learning another language gives you a new view on life
  • because speaking another language adds another dimension to a holiday, a second home and a dirty weekend.

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What do you know that I don’t?

It’s a good question. I’ve been studying languages all my life, and I speak French, Dutch, German, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian and Mandarin with varying degrees of success. I’m not here to brag, but I am here to assure you that I know what I’m talking about, so I should also admit to a first class BSc honours degree in French, German and Computational Linguistics, a CELTA certificate in teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), and an MPhil from Cambridge University (the UK one: http://www.cam.ac.uk/) in computer speech, text and internet technologies. I’m a UK citizen, but I’ve lived and worked in France, Switzerland, the US, Costa Rica and China. And I have worked over the past 15 years in translation and localisation projects in 30+ languages.

I always have at least two languages on the go. At the moment, my books-at-bedtime are Mandarin and Icelandic. I wanted to learn the language of the Minions, but apparently it’s just a mish-mash of various real and made-up words, so I can’t.

The ability to speak another language and communicate with someone who speaks that language is AMAZING. I remember the thrill of talking to the cook at the Chinese school I was working in and finding out she had one son. I remember playing cars with a little boy in Costa Rica and discovering that his favourite toy was his yellow lorry. And I remember finding out the name of a waiter in a ruined castle on the south coast of Crete. Antonios.

It’s code-breaking. It’s like talking to aliens or communicating with fish. It’s no less incredible than that.


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One Response

  1. Pete
    Pete · February 26, 2015 at 15:17:00 · →

    I have no degrees in language learning and won’t be doing any I don’t think but I’m trying to improve my Spanish.
    That’s hard enough!

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