I believe having good language skills is essential for building communication with people.
As for me, it is part of my routine to master different languages through painstaking practice.
For most languages, I’ve managed to achieve mastery by learning from books and from Internet courses, without having to take recourse to formal tuitions.
However, for some difficult languages, extensive training is required for which I try and attend classes.
At a particular language institute the other day, I happened to meet my teacher who taught me French some years ago. After finishing my course, it was the first time we were meeting.
Along with her, was a girl – a local. Conversation took off in French, and suddenly I found this girl was conversing fluently in the language. I was quite surprised, which my teacher picked up — from my reaction.
With a smile she introduced me to the girl and said that in addition to French, she could speak in quite a few other foreign languages, including Urdu and Chinese, which she was now learning.
She added that it was as a result of the girl’s interest and determination that she could devote a minimum of three hours daily — after her work — to study new languages. It’s no wonder that she showed amazing progress in foreign language skills.
I am sure, the country will have a bright future with this kind of determined youth.
For Gulf Today – Short Take Dt. 13 April 2013