Where Are You From?

Three Tips for Learning a Language

  1. Speak to people in real life and if you have the opportunity — move to the place where they predominantly speak the language you’re learning. I know right now it’s difficult and challenging especially during the coronavirus while wearing masks a substitute aka bonus: there are apps where you can virtually connect but realize real life and in person is the best kind of way. 
  2. Be yourself. Stay true. The authentic you. When people ask where you’re from: be proud and tell them. 
  3. Make mistakes and do the thing that scares you. Many times it comes down to confidence. Talk even when you’re scared to and even when you don’t know what to say.  That is where you’re language breakthrough and explosion is waiting. When you say: I don’t know how to express that or when you ask how do I say that? YOU are learning how to express yourself in real time.

*Note on Identity and Accents 

Do not try to sound like someone else — be authentically true to who you are. EVERYONE has an accent: be proud of yours. When someone asks you where you’re from. You make sure you tell them. Always remember and honor the spaces and places you are from. 

No one will ever sound or say sentences how and the way you say them. There will never be another you. So be the best you. Remember that.