Why do you study languages?

It’s a common question people ask me. I’d even go as far as to say that it’s a common question in general. Whenever I think about the past classes I attended, I recall there being an exercise in a chapter with that very question. I too ask it of people who want me to teach them. Being aware of their needs helps me to modify my lessons appropriately.

As with all common questions, it’s associated with common answers. Some want to travel abroad, talk with the locals or with their friends and spouses. Some need it to either find a job or to move on further within their company. Others still, study languages because they like it.

My own reasons are two-fold.

On one hand, I find it incredibly useful to go through a similar learning process that my students go through. It helps me familiarise myself with the problems they might face and empathise better with their situation. I want to make sure I don’t forget what it’s like to be studying and the best way I found is to keep studying.

On the other, I’ve since found out that I am very passionate about languages.

Who? What? Where? WH-Questions Galore!

I would call myself an enthusiast.

I’m one of those strange people who would rather discuss the use of the vocative case between different languages than the latest football game.

I’m an English teacher. Whenever people aren’t sure how to spell a word, put their ideas into words or are simply confused by grammar, they come up to me with their questions. I help them in whatever ways I can.

I’m a language learner. I’m fascinated by languages. I love learning the intricacies of various grammars. I adore the sensation of figuring out the use of an unfamiliar concept. I cherish the way languages describe in different ways the same world we all, ultimately, inhabit.

All of these are but facets of one whole. I could probably go on and on, as is usually the case whenever someone asks me a language related question. The more I talk about my area of interest, the more time I spend thinking about it.

Thoughts are very ephemeral constructs. If you don’t snatch them while you can, you run the risk of letting them slip through your fingers. This is where this blog comes into play. I plan to solidify some of my ideas and work on many more. Through it, I want to share my experiences and observations as I delve deeper into the wondrous world of languages.

I hope you’ll enjoy your stay.