To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’ve asked some female leaders, travel bloggers and language learners to tell us about how languages have changed their lives. Read their inspirational quotes and click on their picture to find out more about them…
“Languages were immensely helpful in launching my travel career. Language learning enhances my understanding and connections with different cultures here in the UK.”
Abigail King is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, speaker and photographer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveller, Lonely Planet, the BBC and more
“Speaking multiple languages have opened incredible doors for me as a journalist, author, and speaker.”
Gaby Natale is a 3-time EMMY award-winning TV host, bestselling author, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur.
“Speaking other languages has allowed me to immerse myself in other cultures rather than just always scratching the surface. It’s also wonderful to learn a new language later in life, as it isn’t often as an adult that you learn a completely new skill.”
Alex Outhwaite is a travel TV presenter and blogger. When she’s not globetrotting for her shows, she’s creating travel videos for YouTube.
“The real gift of speaking another language is the ability to form friendships with people you wouldn’t otherwise have had. Being able to connect with people from different linguistic and cultural background gives you a new perspective and deeper understanding of the world.”
Michele Frolla from The Intrepid Guide is a travel and language blogger and author. She lives by the motto “The more we travel, the more we learn.”
“I was born in Moscow, Russia but moved to the United States when I was 2 years old. My parents didn’t know a word of English, so we all had to learn together. While I feel English is truly my “first language,” my Russian heritage is still very near and dear to my heart.”
As a five-time Olympic Medalist, Nastia Liukin has dedicated her life to discovering her unique passions and reaching for the gold both on and off the gymnastics mat.
“There’s no more profound or meaningful way to experience life with others than through language. Language is the ultimate connector.”
Nathalia Ramos is a film and tv actress, and is also pursuing a degree in political science at USC.
“Learning languages makes the world a smaller place – everything is more accessible. It’s opened a new world of opportunities to me where I could go live and work anywhere I wanted to.”
Sam Hallas gave up her job to travel the world. Life lover, language learner, foodie, tea addict.
“Speaking English fluently has also taught me a lot about other people, other cultures and most importantly about myself! I feel like speaking more than one language opens people so much and brings them together!”
Sandy is German girl living in London. Youtube Vlogger and London lifestyle explorer.
“I always try to learn basic greetings and phrases when I travel to new countries. The locals appreciate the effort and it always gets a smile back! It’s the effort that counts and practice makes perfect!”
Shu is a food and travel content creator with a mission to eat around the world.
“Being able to speak and understand other languages has helped me to communicate with people I’ve met whilst travelling. I went on a date in Lima, Peru that was conducted mostly in Spanish. I went on a tour in Paris that was conducted completely in French (it wasn’t available in English), which I wouldn’t have been able to take if I hadn’t studied French for so many years. I watched the Outlander TV series and could understand when the Scottish characters were speaking Gaelic. Plus, like most Irish people, I use Gaelic to communicate with friends/family when abroad if I don’t want anyone else to understand me. It’s very useful in that respect. Honestly, if I could have one super power it would be to speak and understand all languages fluently. “
Tara Povey is an Irish travel blogger and last year was named Ireland’s #1 travel Instagrammer. Tara loves taking bright, colourful photos on her travels.
“Learning languages is like growing wings that make you fly to far away places. Each new language we master makes us more able to understand more of each other—it’s a bridge we build towards a better world.”
Alyaa Gad, MD, Health Educator and Activist. http://iUnderstand.TV
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved stumbling upon, experimenting and sometimes mastering words, new and foreign. I love the connections between languages, I love other tongues for their idiosyncrasies, etiquettes, slang and formalities.”
Amy Doust is a mother of 3, educational theorist and life long-language lover.
“I’ve always wanted to release a Spanish single and tour Latin America/Spanish-speaking countries. I figured that it’s time to pay respect to the places I’ve traveled to by learning their language.”
Jully Black is a platinum-selling, Juno Award-winning recording artist of resolute faith and conviction, and has been dubbed ‘Canada’s Queen of R&B Soul’ by fans and peers.
How do you feel about languages? Has speaking a different language made a big difference to your life?
Then tell us in the comments!
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