Why learn a language? Reason #341: it’s character building

Posted on 29/03/2012


I recently interviewed Fiona about her experiences learning Danish. She blogs over at fionalynne.com about life, marriage, faith, and expat adventures, and has an insightful post today about how language learning can build your character, pushing you – if you really want to take the plunge and learn – towards both bravery and humility.

“…Bravery, then, is daring to speak. Daring to attempt the words and phrases when we’re not certain they’re completely right. Risking others realising we are beginners, in order to progress. Allowing a little humility in, and accepting correction and advice. In a society that expects perfection, this is brave.

And if we can learn this bravery and humility in speaking, how much more could it impact our lives? To be open to accepting help and support from others when we need it. To embrace being a learner and a beginner and really enjoy the process rather than fearing it. To learn an attitude of openness, to be able to say, this is who I am and I’m enough.”

Good for the soul, wouldn’t you say?

The full text of Fiona’s post is here. 


— for more hints and tips on language learning, buy Conquering Babel: A Practical Guide to Learning a Language here in the US and here in the UK.

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