Surprising benefits of learning a new language

There is a very famous saying in the Czech Republic. It goes: “The more languages you know, the more humane you are.” To explain, it basically means that if you speak one language, your mind is equal to a 1 human being. If you speak 2, its equal to two human beings etc. Thus, the more languages you know, the more humane you are. Why is it so important to know multiple languages and why you should bother learning them? Discover the treasures of speaking multiple languages below!

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When I was just a few years old, a kindergarten student, my parents signed me up for an English course. I didn’t know what to expect from it, but I remember the first leaving the class totally amazed and happy that I could show my parents what I’ve learned. I still remember the word “pear” with a picture of an actual pear above it on our worksheets. The fact that I still remember must mean that I really enjoyed it. This is probably also the reason I can sit here writing this post. Thanks to my parents’ decision more than 15 years ago.

When I joined the elementary school, I joined their English course as well. This was obviously a bit harder, but I still really loved it. I think I still remember the song about colours going: “red and orange, yellow, green…” and I still remember winning a singing competition in the 2nd grade with this song. Later in my middle school, I had a class with a native tutor twice a week. It really gave me a lot. Then my high school came and I got into the best English class of my year. However, I never really spoke fluent English. Until I moved to China. In Beijing, I visited an international school that was fully English-taught. Well, fully apart from my Chinese lessons. Studying in this school, I finally understood how much a language actually changes a person. I became much more open, much more outcoming. I learned how to talk to people I’ve never even met before. In short,…

 

…I found an “extra” person in myself.

 

Learning Chinese was another great change in my life. It was a language that most non-chinese students in my grade gave up on. It was something special for me. And it still is. I couldn’t speak a proper sentence in Chinese before I joined this school, but when I left, I had no issue leading a conversation with common people in the stores, on markets or in other public places. Furthermore, I have been given a “special discount” for meat or fruits just because I surprised locals with my Chinese. Learning Chinese gave me not only a very unique language skill that not many European people have, but it also taught me a great lesson in terms of Chinese culture. When I left China, I realised that the two years in Beijing provided me with another “extra” person.

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Does that mean that I have been split into multiple people with different mindsets and different values when I lived in China? Not at all. The only thing that changed is my perspective and my perception of different values of different cultures. I learned how to not only understand how these nations speak,…

 

… but I also became aware of their values, of their culture and their ways of thinking.

 

This is the true meaning of finding an “extra” person in yourself. If you want to learn a language, you have to understand the people who speak it, as well as the ways they think. You learn to see multiple perspectives and you become truly open minded. This is what learning a language really means.

If you want to hear a bit more about my journey, or why you shouldn’t give up on anything, visit our post on potential!!

How are your language and cultural skills? Let us know in the reply section below!!

Today’s lesson:

 

However, I never really spoke fluent English. Until I moved to China” – If you want to learn a language properly, you need to come into contact with that language on daily basis, you need to practice it on daily basis, otherwise, you will forget everything. Slowly, but surely.

I became much more open, much more outcoming. I learned how to talk to people I’ve never even met before” – Learning a language is a great experience. You become more open, you will gradually learn how to understand different people’s views and most importantly, you will become much more confident.

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Surprising benefits of using the best social media site out there

There are times when we’re confused or unsure, but that shouldn’t stop us from questioning.

 

We’re all very curious, well, at least inside. Everyone is craving to know everything. Especially the kids. I love their attitude and the feeling of being able to observe the way they ask us is priceless. I would also love to be as brave as they are when asking their embarrassing questions from time to time.

But we’ve all got some “stupid” questions. Personally, I do not think there are any stupid questions at all. There are only stupid answers.

Do you sometimes wonder why things happen the way they do? Do you really want to know the answer to your question, but you are not sure or confident enough to ask somebody? I think that we all have gone through the awkward situation in our head, being afraid of asking our colleagues or peers because we were kinda scared of embarrassing ourselves. That’s a very bad mindset, but also very logical. Well, if you are too shy to ask or maybe just don’t know anyone that can help you with answering all your questions, do you think there is still a chance to get an answer? Does it seem that there is no actual way to get the information? Not at all!

What if I told you there is a place right for you with all your questions on anything already asked and answered! And if yours haven’t been asked, it’s your turn. Start asking! Welcome to the new age…

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“No man really becomes a fool until he stops asking questions.”

Charles P. Steinmetz

 

The best and at the same time, the most underrated social media is a website and a mobile app that’s spreading around the world at Quora. I regard Quora as the best social media I’ve ever used. I would recommend that especially to all the people dedicated to the long life learning, who are naturally passionate about their personal growth, sharing their ideas or knowledge, looking for basically any know-how or just looking for some life advice. And what appears to be the best thing about that? You can even generate some extra income just from answering the questions. I mean, who doesn’t want to get some passive income simply by sharing his own knowledge with the world. But it obviously isn’t as easy as it seems.

 

“Why” and “how” are words so important that they cannot be used too often.

Napoleon Bonaparte

 

Well, you’ve read so far so I’m sure you want to know more. Did you ask yourself how exactly could you benefit from this fantastic social media? Did you wonder how to not get lost in its informational chains? Don’t worry, we’ve made a solid guide for you. Just keep reading…

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What can you expect from Quora?

 

“Quora is a question-and-answer site where questions are asked, answered, edited, and organized by its community of users in the form of opinions” (Wikipedia). That is the basic definition posted on the Wikipedia and I believe Quora deserves to be known for more reasons than that. Why is it so good? Well, Quora is undoubtedly the best virtual space if you consider the huge concentration of experts on every single topic in one app. It is a huge virtual meeting place devoted to everyone who desires to learn. You can basically meet there anybody from any country to get your question answered. You can be taught by the experts all around the world just by scrolling down or asking your own questions. The community of Quora is so unique that you can find there everything you need to know, everyone you want to address and basically you’ll find there the biggest chance to grow in less time. Which sounds very effective to me. You can either confront yourself with the opinions from the completely diverse cultures, dispute them or just learn the world about your own! There are no limits…

So how does it work exactly?

 

First of all, you obviously need to set up your account. After creating one, you have to choose the topics you’re interested in. Trust me, you’ll be choosing them for a very long time even after you’ll have your account created, because life is constant learning, right? And that’s it! After short customization, you are ready to challenge the world! Every single time you will open your Quora, you’ll get immediately to your “daily digest” page (something like HOME) and you’ll see the potential questions that might be interesting enough for you to read or that are connected with your previously chosen topics. Let the fun begin!

 

And what about the money you promised?!

Not that fast. It’s true that it is absolutely possible to generate some passive income with Quora. However, if you want to share the knowledge and genuinely help someone, your mind shouldn’t be concentrated on money. You have to give them value first.

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How can you participate?

 

Simply by sharing your precious knowledge. Every single answer posted has its chance to get some upvotes or comments. These are the one that you’ll be looking for. From answering the questions and collecting as many upvotes as you can you can basically make yourself except for a good feeling a solid stream of income.

But remember, there must be a patience. Knowledge sharing is a huge mission. If you came here just to get some money, people (at least Quora readers) are smart enough to recognize your intentions and they will make sure you’ll get what you deserve in the comment section.

Today’s lecture

 

Focus yourself on the values, not on the financial side of the things. After realizing this, your work ethics (attitude) will never be the same again. The value must be the first thing to come in your head when defining your goals. And it doesn’t work just on answering any questions on Quora pages, but the question of being successful in this century is based on that fact.

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