To learn a new language or not to…that is the oh so important question

To learn a new language or not to…that is the oh so important question

I’ve always known that I have a gift for easily picking up languages, partly due to the fact that I grew up speaking Afrikaans (yes, in the township) because of my mom, Sepedi which my dad spoke as well as English, because I read all the Reader’s Digest books, I could lay my hands on


It was rather confusing to balance all these languages, with some rather funny incidents where I used all three in one sentence!


I also learnt how to speak Xitsonga, influenced by my late friend Ms Brigitte Mashaba. When she passed, I could no longer speak the language because it was too emotional for me, as it always reminded me that I could not speak it with her in particular. I am at a place now, where I want to relearn the language because it’s a beautiful African language with even more beautiful expressions.


Right now, I am at a point where I am learning Spanish ( for the past four years, don’t judge…) I found myself having to drop my lessons because of the interventions of life and work. I however never gave up on my dream and kept it alive.


I am currently studying via @Colegio Español and actively set out time in my diary to do so every week, even though there are time clashes, I keep those at a minimum. I am now at a point where my online classes with my lecturer are 90% in Spanish, where I even giggle at his jokes!


Why would I encourage you to learn a new language? Firstly, when you are travelling internationally and you are the only one who speaks 30% of the beautiful Spanish language, you instantly become a sage where wisdom is constantly sought on how to hail a taxi or even order Cerveza!


Why am I writing this article? I guess it’s my Saturday ritual to pen my thoughts and share what I feel is important. 


What do you have to lose, let me put it in context: its one year of learning a new language or one year of not learning a language.


Next stop for me is either learning Portuguese ( because of Bennie McCarthy’s fluent use of the language ) or French.


I will always remember this quote by President Mandela: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”


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Feliz fin de semana!

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