I Want To Learn To Actually Speak Different Languages

Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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I was watching a video called Bilingual Celebrities 2012, and I stumbled upon the fact that Tom Hiddleston spoke French, Italian, Spanish and Greek. And my mind was blown.

Sure a lot of Europeans speak multiple languages, but it just made me think… I’d really like to converse with different people in different languages.

If authentic relationships are that important to me, I think being able to speak in someone’s native language helps bridge the gap of understanding much better than when speaking to someone’s second or third language. That’s how I felt in a business trip 2 weeks ago interacting with colleagues from different countries.

So what’s the first language I want to tackle beyond Cantonese, English and Mandarin? I think German’s the natural choice. I work for a Liechtenstein based company, and since I’d like to work in the global headquarters one day, I’ve heard German would come in handy since many meetings are conducted in German.

Also the fact I want to learn Dutch one day (my favourite football club is PSV Eindhoven, and my favourite national football team is Netherlands)… well let’s say German and Dutch have many similarities, so it would help me make the transition one day.

If I were to learn another language in the future, it would probably be the most popular ones, so judging by what I already know (Chinese and English) the next logical choice would be Spanish, followed by Hindi.

But I shouldn’t get too ahead of myself. Let me start with German first.


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