❝If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.❞
This is one of the famous quotes by the great Nelson Mandela. If you read this quote carefully, you will realize that this holds true always. You can convey your message to a person in a common language but the true essence of the message is lost and that is can be gained only when you speak the language of the other person. Learning new languages can be a great way to socialize with people from different cultures. Knowing different languages will not only help you survive in an alien city but will also make your life much simpler. I would not only regional languages, but a person must know a foreign language too. This would not only have a positive impact on your curriculum vitae, but will you make more friends from that region.
I would like to share another quote which is again one of my favorites “One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” Knowing multiple languages is very helpful and it would be more benefitial if you are someone who enjoys travelling. If you go to a new place and understand what the locals speak, man you’ve got yourself a new home ! It will also help you understand the culture of the place in a much superior way. And learning languages can be fun if you are in a team and with every person speaking a different language, things become much more fun !
I proudly say that I’m a polyglot – for those who are not familiar with the term, a polyglot is a person who knows or speaks many languages. My mother tongue is Hindi and I spent a good part of my childhood in Gujarat, so I’m very fluent in Gujarati, be it writing, speaking or understanding, I often say Gujarati is my mother tongue. Stayed close to people from Kerala and thanks to them that I’m able to speak a little of Malayalam and understand it. The next phase was where I studied Marathi in school as it was a compulsory subject. Later I decided to quit Hindi and take up French, and that was one of the best things that happened to me. I went on to study French from school to college, and all I wish now is to meet a Frenchman or visit France once. And now I’m in Hyderabad and have learnt basics of Telugu, and that’s needed to survive at least in the conversations that happen around you. Baaga Unnara ?
There are a lot of ways to learn a language but it’s of no use if you don’t speak it. Language is not about theory, it’s about practicals. The impact of knowing multiple languages can help you win many hearts as you would be able to connect to people much easily. People won’t hesitate to approach you if you speak their language and sometimes that can help you have an edge over others.
So grab a book, visit a website and take a pledge to learn a new language and see the impact it has on your professional and social life ! Bon Chance !