Foreign Languages. Time to brush up.

Hallo! Guten morgen!
Herzlich Wilkommen!
Wie gehts? Es ist super!
Ich heiβe Karl.
Ich bin siebzehn Jahre alt.
Ich komme von den Philippinen aus Quezon City.
Ich liebe Basketball spielen und im Internet surfen.
Danke schön!
Auf Wiedersehen!
Je m’appelle Karl.
Comment allez-vous? Très bien, merci.
Je suis phlippin.
J’ai dix-sept ans.
J’habite aux Philippines à Quezon City.
Merci beaucoup!
Au revoir!

These are some of the words I can remember in the two languages that I have learned during my studies at the University of Santo Tomas, German (Deutsch) and French (français). As part of my studies in Travel Management, I have to learn foreign languages. So it is very important for me to learn a new language especially when I go to work after I graduate.

I have finished my German language studies after three semesters starting in my first year at the university and I have learned a lot from the German language and culture. I was able to apply the lessons in my own life, and I owe it a lot to our DaF-Lehrer (German language professor) Herr Wil Josue for giving us the opportunity to learn the language in an interactive way. I hope to pursue further German studies soon.

Right now, I am taking up French, and had just finished Elementary French which are the basics of the language. Learning French is a challenge since you don’t say most of the words as is, there are accents to be followed whenever saying words in French and of course the nasal way the language is spoken. Despite those challenges, I still have two more semesters to take up the language and improve on my skills with the language. I just need to give time to practice and learn.

Yet despite having learned a lot, I still need to brush up on my foreign languages so that my speaking and writing won’t rust in the long-term. Despite having learned two languages, I still want to pursue learning other languages like Nihonggo, Mandarin, Korean, Spanish, among others. for a multilingual person is a bonus in my field of work in the future. 

I can say that learning a new language is something to be proud of. It will be good if I write a blog here in another language. However, in my opinion there is nothing better than speaking in my mother tongue. I’m a proud Filipino and I am happy to speak and express myself in both Filipino and English.

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” – Charlemagne

“A different language is a different vision of life.” – Federico Fellini 

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