Learning a new Language

Learning a new language in a new country is never easy, you open yourself up to ridicule, rejection and to being the butt of the joke.

Well at least that was my experience. Calling someone’s child naughty instead of cute never ends well, which I have done.

A new language is not an easy thing to master. Even though I’ve lived in another country since my early 20’s, I still make grammatical mistakes and it has been 20 years.

 Now having two languages can be a lot of fun once you get the hang of it.

For instance the first time I heard the expression “ Maak je borst maar nat”, which when translated means “ Wet your chest”.

My reaction to this was to put down whatever it was I was holding, turned my head to look at that person and replied in English “ I am guessing that it is not as dirty as it sounds”, luckily it was not.

After we stopped laughing so hard my friends explained to me that it actually means ‘brace yourself’.

The point is to encourage you to just give it a go.

Having the mindset of wanting to be able to communicate with others also helps. I started with ‘pass the butter, please’ and ‘my name is….’, but you need to start somewhere.

learning a new language

Resign yourself to the fact that you will make mistakes along the way, it’s all part of the learning curve. Don’t forget that everyone makes mistakes, it’s part of being human.

So, go out there, do your best, be human, make mistakes, laugh, and have fun with it. It will make the journey so much easier.


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