Learning a language can often be an arduous process. Many challenges arise along the way, and students often find themselves struggling to remain motivated. In situations like these a clear and lucid voice of encouragement can keep you on track and focused towards your goals.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, it goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, it goes to his heart
- Nelson Mandela
Have you ever observed someone’s reaction when you try to speak their language? The effort you make to communicate in a foreign language is what really counts. Leave your shyness aside and practise! Don’t worry about making mistakes; this is how you learn.
One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way
- Frank Smith
A second language used to be an advantage when accessing certain professional opportunities, but in our increasingly globalised world this has become a necessity; both to access certain jobs as well as to be admitted into higher education. Numerous professional sectors now demand the use of a second or third language. Being able to access another language profoundly transforms the individual. The process whereby a foreign language becomes less foreign invites a new way of looking at life, a greater sense of understanding and capacity for analysis.
Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can - there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.
- Sarah Caldwell
Learning another language is an immense undertaking which has the ability to transform your life completely. It may be hard to see its importance when starting at a basic level, but as we improve we begin to grasp the importance of the many unexpected benefits it brings.
The limits of my language are the limits of my world
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
The ability to instantly and automatically translate your surroundings into several ways of looking at reality lets you engage with life in fascinating ways, and opens up for a wealth of new connections. Think of a common idiom in your first language, which you’ve probably always taken for granted, and try to translate it: the ideas and ways of talking about them will be shown to you in a new and often puzzling light.