By Gema Martinez Paredes
We usually study other languages because we are forced to in school when we are young. At this point in our lives we’re not normally aware of the importance of learning another language and the wonderful opportunities that it can open…
So why do we love languages?
First of all, writing: Writing in another language is like putting together a puzzle, attempting to make each word, phrase and grammatical concept match each other. We may not always get the combination right, but we enjoy the attempt.
When we read, we hear those foreign sounds in our heads, and once we gain some understanding we acquire images, ideas and emotions. It’s amazing how you can look at a text and have no idea what it’s about, but after looking up a few words in a dictionary, it all starts to make sense.
I enjoy listening to foreign music and watching foreign films. I also enjoy watching people communicate in other languages; I focus so hard to try and understand what they are saying and sometimes startle myself when I actually understand!
Once you get past the embarrassment of making mistakes and pronouncing words incorrectly, you begin to develop enough confidence to just go for it and get your point across, whether it is in correct language or not! You may get laughed at or told that you’re making mistakes, but that’s all part of the learning process. When you find yourself conversing with a native speaker, all embarrassment goes out of the window and pride takes its place.
I like learning other languages because it enables me to form a closer bond with other countries, people, and customs. It allows me to see things from a different perspective and understand things that weren’t present around me as I was growing up.
Why do you love languages and what inspires you to learn them? What is it about language that you find so fascinating?
For more information on the languages that we work with please visit our languages page.