Language (læŋ gwɪdʒ) – the system of words or signs that people use to express thoughts and feelings to each other
Language is a magnificent thing. It allows us the opportunity to communicate thoughts and emotions verbally with another individual. In our technologically advanced world, I find we take some of our most innate and precious qualities for granted.
Learning another language is said to be one of the hardest things to do. Why? If you are reading this, you have already succeeded, succeeded at becoming fluent in a language spoken by millions of individuals around the world. Who are we to say something is too hard; in return we give up the process in the early stages of development? Who are we to limit ourselves and revoke the opportunity to communicate with another individual, whom we previously were incapable?
Language is something that brings us all such happiness and the ability to endlessly increase our emotional depth and knowledge with another person. There is such mystery and knowledge hidden in the voice and its ability to be translated into words to a page. Books allow our minds to escape into an artificial world, created by another individual’s use of language.
The most important and useful lesson I have learned in my pursuit of learning an additional language is actually that of failure.
In failure we have our most substantial growth.
In failure we allow ourselves to be creative.
In failure we are granted the opportunity to learn.
I challenge you to give up societal norms, forget perfection, and allow yourself to tap into the power of your own mind. Allow yourself to fail, if it is in the quest to absorb a new language, I promise, you will be happier because of the opportunity, rather than disappointed in it’s absence.