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We've asked successful language learners in Europe how to set and achieve language-learning goals this year. Personal success stories prove that the intention to actually speak a new language combined with achievable milestones, makes the language-learning journey exciting and fun.
1. "Cross over into a different world." (Eddie Izzard, multilingual comedian)
Great things take time. Learning a new language can be a wonderful journey for life. It is worth dedicating your time and continuously working towards your set milestones. Eddie Izzard, multilingual British comedian says: "If you do learn another language, you cross over into a different world – a world that you might have dreamed about but now you can live in." Explore new places, meet new people and learn about local customs and traditions you wouldn't have come across otherwise.
2. Nothing is impossible
Set a goal you thought you never would be able to achieve. Host a meeting in Spanish, propose to your girlfriend from Rome in Italian, move to Japan and start a new life like our blogger Daniel Tirado: "In my case, I wanted to marry a Japanese girl, Yuki Sakamoto, so I really needed to learn the language to be able to tell her father my intentions."
I recently stumbled across a wonderful account of language from Stephen Fry and it got me thinking. It's about time we all just relaxed about language a little, be it foreign or our own. Language isn't about perfection. It's about passion, expression and culture.
Let's imagine a person, visiting your country for the first time, approaches you in the street and says, "Please the supermarket where is?" Yes, the words are in the wrong order, but does that matter as long you understand it? Who in their right mind wouldn't point to the nearest shop?! We get very protective over using our language ‘properly', but in the grand scheme of things, why do we let it bother us?
Similarly, we turn our nose up at people for using phrases such as ‘lol' and ‘chillax', but I certainly can't remember anybody saying that the Oxford English Dictionary is full and no new words are allowed. As Stephen Fry says, we often forget that Shakespeare, whose work is pivotal to our language today, made words up. The world didn't start with an already constructed dictionary, so why stop tomorrow's people from expressing just how totes amazeballs their day was?
Multilingual comedy? British comedian Eddie Izzard regularly performs in French and occasionally in German. Did you know that he is learning Spanish with Rosetta Stone, too? And what's the best of all, he just started to brush up his German and Russian, yet making another effort to unite Europeans through laughter and languages. We've talked to Eddie about language learning and his dreams. Here's what he says:
"The best way to learn a language is like a child. Children do rather well at learning their native language (they all learn to speak that one up to at least conversational level) and Rosetta Stone helps you tap back into that way of learning. And if you do learn another language, you cross over into a different world – a world that you might have dreamed about but now you can live in. It is 200 years since the Battle of Waterloo and I am now touring stand-up comedy in France in French and the French are digging it. This completely blows my mind." Eddie Izzard