You Live A New Life For Every New Language You Speak

“You live a new life for every new language you speak.  If you know only one language, you live only once.”

– Czech proverb.

The world is a big place, inhabited by over 7 billion people who use more than 6,000 languages to communicate.  The more languages you can understand, the more people you can communicate with, and the further you can go.  You limit yourself unnecessarily when you only speak one language.  There’s an exciting world out there just waiting to be explored, full of people and cultures you’ve never even heard of – but they don’t come with English subtitles.

Language learning is much more than learning off vocab lists and verb conjugations in every tense under the sun.  It’s an insight into another way of thinking.  Every language has its own quirks; other languages have words for things or concepts which English doesn’t:

So I believe Ezra Pound hit the nail on the head when he said

‘”The sum of human wisdom is not contained in any one

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As Irish people, we should appreciate bilingualism more than we do!

To learn more languages means to recognise that our way of doing things isn’t the only one out there; as the world becomes a smaller place, through ever-improving communications technology, it’s now more important than ever for us to be as educated, open-minded and accepting of other peoples and cultures.  The way I see it, the first step in doing that is learning another language – and it’s really not as hard as we think.  The internet is full of great resources – like Genki Japan for Japanese – you just have to look!

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  • Simon December 3rd 2011 at 12:33 am   #     

    Wow, I now know why this won first prize! Congrats! nice way of presenting your blog post, and I fully agree with all the point, I do French, English, German, Irish and now Japanese as well, I am Half German Half Irish So i Can speak english and german fluently, but im not great t Irish even though i try, So I am trying to see which connections I can make between them to make it easier, If you have anymore Ideas o how to help learn Irish could you please just drop me a little message? And well done again on your blog! Its Amazing!!!!

  • Ciara Rock December 4th 2011 at 10:52 am   #     

    Well done Meg! An outstanding piece with a title that packs a punch!

  • musiccookie95 December 9th 2011 at 8:14 pm   #     

    This is really amazing….congrats for winning:D this blog post is simple yet excellent.

  • Susan Leahy February 22nd 2012 at 6:30 pm   #     

    Nice thoughtful blog post – congratulations on the win.


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