One of my life’s “To Do List” items’ includes “Mastering 5 languages I selected”.
This week, I did a brainstorming on what language I want to learn next. Although I have a lot to improve with my French, Spanish, English (and even Japanese), I thought it would be a good time to try new one to reach that goal.
After checking several articles and asking myself over and over, I came to think that Chinese Mandarin might be the next one. This time, however, I will not write about how I decided it. Instead, I would like to write about other essential question I kept asking to myself:
Why do I learn other languages?
And Below are 10 reasons to that question (in my case).
Long time ago, I wrote about CouchSurfing (hereafter CS) through an article “save money when traveling”. The CS consists of 2 parts: hosts who are open to having a guest, and guests who request to at host’s place, and it’s free. There is a reference section from both side, which keeps accountability (if you do something bad, you will be out from CS)
In the above mentioned entry, I mainly talked about being a guest of CS. This time, I would like to talk about the other side of this system: host side.
Time for a change!
I have written more than 250 posts since I started this blog in 3 languages (Japanese, English and Spanish).
The other day, I learned several things from people of different professional fields, which somehow motivated me to make a change in my blog: adding French.
You see and hear this word in many cases, be it classroom, presentation, job requirement or relationship: communication skill.
Some people are good at it and others are not. But what is it anyway and how can we improve it? Let me introduce some unusual ways that I think can improve communication skills. Since I am not even a specialist or anything, it will be a good reminder for me as well.
The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy. And happiness is born from gratitude. (Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar.)
I didn’t have anything special today, but it was just a grateful day thanks to the five things I would like to share.
Opportunity opens up your antenna, which enables you to find something attractive.
To take an example of shopping, when you have no idea of what you want, it’s hard to find something attractive, whereas when you know what you want, it’s easier to find it in a store.
It’s because your antenna is wide open for finding that specific thing.
For me, it was Japan toward which I opened my antenna. When I was in Japan, I had little interest in touristic places in my country. But since I started living abroad, I became aware of being Japanese, which opened my mind to my own country. And every time I return, I decided to visit specific places I’d never been. And the more I travel, the more I realize that there are such a many great places that I never get bored of traveling.
But of course, traveling in Japan is not cheap, and I usually don’t have so much time when I return. This time, I spent only 1 week in Japan as a transit from Chile to Mongolia, but I could visit quite many places. And that was JR pass which made my journey possible.
Is today special to you?
I still remember this amazing gentleman in his mid eighties, who happened to be in a Queens Sunnyside library in New York a couple of years ago.