Is studying languages only for the extraordinary?

Whenever I talk to friends or family about my dream of speaking as many languages as possible the typical answer I get is: THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE.

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Most of them go as far as bilingualism – well, but everything beyond is some kind of no man’s land. You can come up with as many reasonable facts, they still don’t think it is possible for me to learn more than two languages.

If I say that there are children that grow up trilingual and are able to speak all of these languages perfectly fine, the reply is:

Well, but your no longer a child – it is impossible for an adult!

If I tell them about impressive polyglots that are able to speak around 20 languages of which they acquired most after their 18th birthday, they’ll state that:

These people are linguistic professors or are simply highly intelligent, so normal people could never possibly get close.

But is this way of thinking really true?

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In my opinion we need another word here.

PASSION!

There’s nothing in the world you would be able to do if you weren’t passionate about it!

And that is the only reason people actually learn so many languages and succeed. It’s because they are ardent, and because they continue to work hard to improve.

That’s the reason why some struggle with languages in school while others love it so much that they start watching movies, reading books and listening to the radio in that language.

*Or start writing a blog about studying languages (^_~)

But they are enthusiastic and productive because they enjoy what they do!

Of course you’ll need a lot of time, study material and if you’re lucky a teacher as well but you will succeed even if you don’t have all of these things.

“One should connect language learning with either work or leisure. And not at the expense of them but to supplement them.”

-Kató Lomb

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So don’t let yourself be discouraged by the lack of people believing in you!

Whatever you want to do, do it with pride, passion and persistence.

YOU WILL SUCCEED!

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