|Trust me, even I can't memorize that! That character has 58 strokes!|
Food for the soul: English has become one of the main languages of communication around the world, so much to the point that many people speak English and only English now. Other extremely used languages in the world are Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. If you know all three of these, you would be able to speak to most of the people around the world. I see Filipinos everyday choosing to speak English over Tagalog these days so much to the point that the only Tagalog words some people use in their sentences are the expressions like na, diba, ganun, naman, pa, etc. (If you're a Filipino, you know what I mean). The newer generation of kids speaks only English these days, and are slowly losing interest in learning another language. I, on the other hand, did not have that.
I speak English enough to talk to people, but I still fall back on speaking Tagalog sometimes when around Filipinos because growing up, I had a family that spoke Tagalog, English, and Chinese. Tagalog was my main language. And the Chinese part just makes it even more complicated because of how diverse the dialects are such as Cantonese. My family and other Chinese living in Philippines spoke Hokkien Chinese, and I spoke Mandarin. I am the type of person who needs formal study in order to fully learn a language. Hokkien was not something you learned in school. It was a language you learned at home. My parents spoke to me in just Tagalog and English, so that's where I am comfortable at. That's why when those Chinese-Filipinos talk to me in their language, I reply back in Tagalog or English because I can only understand some Hokkien, but can converse much better in Mandarin Chinese.
Languages shows just how diverse and different many countries are. I grew up in an international environment that had races from all over the world. I had friends as diverse as the United Nations. That's why I am considered a third culture kid. I remember having to study several languages in school and on my own due to interest. I studied 6 languages to be exact: Filipino (Tagalog), English, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, French, and Japanese. Back in school and college, we had to learn French, Spanish, Filipino, and Chinese in class, but just more basic. In college, I chose to learn French again due to the fact that my course in college was Hotel Managment, majoring in Culinary Arts- French cuisine and Pastry. I loved learning languages because I loved diversity and knowing different cultural backgrounds. I learned Japanese because my close friend is Filipino-Japanese, plus I had an extreme interest in Japanese food and the show Cooking with Dog (Youtube cooking show), which motivated me to travel to Japan by myself. Plus I have a cousin that's Japanese! Languages like French and Spanish just sound so sexy when spoken, and it helps when trying to attract people! Ay caramba! Por favor. Quiero visitar España, Brasil, Francia, Peru, Puerto Rico, y Colombia ahora! Hahaha!
|If you love Japanese food as much as I do, you should definitely watch Cooking with Dog!|
|I love this show on Youtube so much! They are one of my favorites on Youtube!|
|I honestly feel that learning a language is difficult. Not everyone has the mindset to learn another language.|
However, Mandarin Chinese is difficult nonetheless. It takes time, effort and dedication. When I was 19 years old, my papa left me to live in Taiwan by myself with barely any knowledge of Mandarin. Of course I studied it in school, but it's completely different when you are in an area that speaks only that language. But gradually as time passed by and I got more experience communicating with people and making an effort, I gradually picked up the language. I was able to speak to people and introduce myself and understand the people as well. Living in United States, Mandarin helped a lot along with Spanish because of the Latino community there. Then I went to Japan, and communicating with them in their native language helped me get by and see the wonders that not many foreigners got to experience. Yes, languages are difficult, but patience, dedication and perserverance is the key in order to succeed and know enough to communicate. I travel a lot, and knowing the native language can help you in so many ways. And if you know languages other than English, you would be surprised at the possible opportunities you would get just from knowing it!
|Patience, Passion, and an Open Mind are essential in learning a language! Have faith!|