Most polyglots will tell you they discovered their love and passion for language learning as kids. I remember feeling SO excited when I realized I could count to ten and say "I love you" in a dozen different languages. Learning about another culture and speaking another language does that to you. If you're a language nerd like me, when you're studying another language you are absolutely giddy when you get an opportunity to use your language skills.
Growing up, every time I met someone from a different country or region, I would ask them to teach me something and would tuck that little piece of knowledge somewhere in my brain. I continue to pick up bits and pieces of languages as I go. I know that languages are invaluable. Unexpected opportunities can occur as a direct result of your connection to other people's language and culture. Being a polyglot has enriched my life in more ways than I could count. It continues to make me open me up to the unfamiliar which helps me to learn from others.
When you're studying a second (or third, fourth etc.) language, you quickly realize that learning another language is a completely humbling experience. You will make mistakes. You do have to try. And you have to be brave because in order to get better, you'll have to keep trying, even when you feel uncomfortable.
Oh, but the connections you make while you're trying? The way someone lights up when they realize you can communicate with them in their mother tongue. It's priceless.
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Polish-American polyglot, language consultant & educator, married to my dream guy (the Croatian Sensation). Let's connect!
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