I have always loved travelling and have traveled to different countries around the world, and through that experience I have developed a passion for learning languages. I speak four languages – English and Indonesian on a native level, Mandarin and Japanese on an intermediate-high level, and now I am trying to acquire my fifth language which is French. I have spoken English for as long as I can remember, from the time I went to Australia as a middle-schooler for two years where I was practically the only Asian out of 40 plus students, to finishing four years of high school in Bandung International Alliance School, where all teachers, staff, and the majority of students are Americans. After graduating from a university majoring in Multimedia Design in Malaysia, I was hired by a renowned Public Relations company named GRA in Malaysia, where I handled communications and marketing responsibilities for big clients such P&G, Vistajet (Swiss private jet charter), and major Malaysian banks.
Having recently learned two languages myself (Japanese & Mandarin) and currently learning a new one (French), I completely understand that acquiring a new language is not an easy task. It requires a lot of commitment, practice, and patience. Having said that, I can provide some really good tips and hacks on how to tackle it the more efficient way, and one of them is through the power of habit and repetition. I will try to have the students listen to comprehensible input, which will help the students to develop a “feel” for correct language. Basically, I aim to get the student to reach a point where they can speak without thinking or translating. And this is achieved through high amounts of listening to comprehended inputs.
To me, learning a language is like spreading the love. I feel that language gives you something with which to connect to another person. Because each language in many ways is a great representation of how one society or culture thinks or behaves. Hence if you are learning a new language, you open yourself up to a whole new world and in the process you will connect more with people of different backgrounds, overcome negative biases, prejudices, and help reduce hate in the world we are living in. Just imagine if every single Americans travel and learn multiple languages, there would not be a person like Donald Trump becoming president of the United States don’t you agree?
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