Why to learn a new language
If you read about me already, you should know that I speak 4 languages fluently and I understand a bit a few more (Polish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan).
I can even read Russian and Ukrainian (no, they are NOT the same as Slovak!) Many people I met at TBU and TBEX conferences in September were surprised by my good English and Spanish which are not my native languages.
So many times I have been asked about the reason why to learn a new language, or why I learned them. Well, that is one of the advantages of growing up in a small country whose language is not spoken anywhere else in the world, so you are forced to learn foreign languages. And in my home country, Slovakia, foreign languages are obligatory at schools and Universities. Learning one language is a must, but most of the time it is two languages. I started with English years ago and then a few years after also with Spanish courses. But if I was born in an English-speaking country, I would probably ended up like many others … speaking only one language.
Yes, I had to learn those two languages at school but I loved it so much I decided to study English and Spanish philology at the University in Czech republic where I learned Czech, too. So for me, it all started with LOVE.
And let me tell you, since I was maybe 15-year-old, I knew already I was going to live abroad and just go on holidays to Slovakia. I knew I had to learn foreign languages to be able to do so and not just to live in a different country but also to TRAVEL. Yes, traveling is my biggest passion and I don’t think I have to tell you more about it because you see enough on this travel blog.
Learning English at the age of 8 or 9 (which means I have been speaking English for some 20 years already, wow!!!) helps me now with my career too. My previous cabin crew job was all in English and this amazing professional travel blogging job I can have now just because I learned English. Of course, learning a new language can earn you more MONEY (own experience :))
And trust me, if you tell someone you speak more languages, they will automatically say you are INTELLIGENT. And I agree with that. Languages do improve your brain and memory.
And to be honest, most of my boyfriends were not Slovak, but Latino guys speaking Spanish; or English speakers. It is just more sexy, I guess, and one of the proofs that you really ”use your brain” if you speak another language.
Learning new languages means a lot to me. There is not just one reason for learning a foreign language. With me, it all started with love to languages, went through travel to money, including intelligence on the way and back to love … this time love of life :) The best thing is that learning a new language helps you even when you would least expect it.
Speaking 4 languages fluently and understanding some more got me two MA degrees in languages, sexy boyfriends from around the world, and I managed to live in 6 different countries, get friends around the world, hike through the Andes, island hopping in the Philippines, make skydiving happen in the Canary islands, visit pyramids of Egypt, learn the history of 14 archaeological sites in Mexico, find out about life of the locals around Uyuni salt flats and many other unforgettable experiences … PRICELESS!