These days when I recommend this to others, I say as follows:
you have to talk a lot with this, because there are 2 “i” and 1 “talk”. It is “italki“.
From my observation, I think many people would somehow want to learn other language for different reasons, and this helps us to achieve this. Let me describe what it is, how I used and 10 reasons to use it.
The majority of us has some kind of goal, but the challenge is how to motivate yourself to achieve it.
In my previous blog entry “4 Conditions to Gain Any Skill“, I explained about the 4 conditions among which the motivation and actions are the most important ones. Also, in other entory “Long journey to the goal“, I highlighted that the action was the key to maintain or improve your skill.
Before action, however, we have to have strong motivation, about which I will talk in this entry. The more difficult the goal you want to achieve, the more efforts and time you will need, and the more you get to lose your initial motivation along the time. I think every one has the similar experience like this.
Do you have any stress?
I think everyone has or has had this uncomfortable feeling, which could depress you.
Have you ever done any negotiation?
When I was asked, I couldn’t think of many examples since I thought “Negotiation=Business Talk or Salary talk”.
But it turned out that there are many different types of negotiation.
A couple of weeks ago, I went to Bangkok to participate in 4-day-long negotiation training in humanitarian setting, which was organized by UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). Although the main topic was on refugee, there were many contents that can be applicable to daily life.
WIth less than 2 months to go to finish this year, some people like me reflect new year resolution which included gaining skills. Be it language, programing, cooking, etc, based on my experience and what I read and heard, there are 4 conditions to reach: (1) Need (2) Motivation (3) Resource and (4) Action. Let me take some examples of languages skills to explain.
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.