My way into learning new languages

By the time I am writing this article, I will start working in my very first new job. I am going to be a trainee on sales. And the company I’m going to be working in, is Festo. Festo is a global manufacturer of process control and it offers automation solutions. But today I’m not here to talk to you about Festo. If you wanna know more about it, please visit the official webpage by Clicking here.

Then, why am I telling you all of this? Because Festo is a company from Germany. That’s something I already knew when I went to the interview. But then, my interviewer told me something. Something that made me realize that I was in my comfort zone. He told me a story about a guy who started working in Festo because he wanted to go to Germany. And this guy did so. But in order to do so, he had to learn German. And this very last part is what really got into my mind. I had thought, for a long time, that knowing English was more than enough to get the best of life. But it is not. You might have a lot of chances (hell of a lot more chances than people who does not speak English), but in the end, knowing more languages, speaking more languages, will always be better than just English.

Think about it. It is true that English is like the “universal” language. The highest leveled people move around using this language. The most important business are being held in English. But it is also true that English speakers market is getting oversaturated. Many people speak English nowadays. So, in the short-term, it won’t be a competitive advantage. Speaking a second, third, even a fourth language will be required if you really want to outstand. Have you ever thought about why English is so “important”? That is because until recently, the U.S. was the world’s largest economy. But those days are now coming to an end. Nowadays, China is becoming the world’s largest economy. So, what language do you think that will be required for you to have a real competitive advantage? Exactly.

So, working in a company from Germany, and taking all of this stuff about China into account, made me take a choice. I would learn German and Chinese. And how am I learning? Certainly, not by paying a course. Right now I do not have time nor money. So, I opt for a free option instead. I use the internet. I use Duolingo, Youtube and even Netflix.

It is not that difficult. I have already learn French by using this method (although my fluency is not the best). The steps I followed in the past, and that I am going to follow to learn these new languages, are the following ones:

  • Completing the skills tree on Duolingo
  • Watching videos on Youtube
  • Reading books in the target language
  • Talking to people who already speaks that language, specially native speakers

Trust me. IT WORKS! And it is not magic. If you really want to learn a new language, you need to invest time, effort and, if you can afford it, money. But money is optional. Nowadays you can learn for free. The only thing you need in order to do so is being focused. No more.