Learning a Language
I was looking through some Tagalog site when I chanced upon a short essay about learning a language. The essay is about the qualities of a good and bad language learner. The essay is written in Tagalog/Filipino.
Ang Pag-aaral ng Isang Wika
Ang pag-aaral ng isang wika ay madali sa ilang tao at napakahirap sa iba. Sino ang nahihirapan at sino ang nadadalian?
Ang nahihirapan ay mga taong mahiyain at mahina ang loob. Ayaw nilang magbukas ng bibig dahil natatakot magkamali. Ayaw nilang mapintasan ang maling pagbigkas o maling pagsasamasama ng salita. Hindi sila magsasalita hangga’t sa palagay nila ay tamang-tama na ang sasabihin nila.
Ang nadadalian ay ang hindi nahihiyang magkamali. Kahi’t balu-baluktot, pinipilit nilang magsalita. Malakas ang kanilang loob.
Madali ring matuto ang mga taong mahilig makipagkaibigan. Dahil gusto nilang makipagkaibigan sa mga mamamayan ng bayang kanilang binibisita, nagsasalita sila sa salitang banyaga. Kahit a la “ako Tarzan, ikaw Jane.”
Anong uri ng mag-aaral kayo?
Here’s my rough translation in English:
Learning a Language
Learning a language is easy for some people and difficult for others. Who is having difficulty and who is at ease?
Those who find difficulties are those who are timid and faint-hearted. They refuse to open their mouths for fear of making mistakes. They don’t want their wrong pronunciation or wrong construction of words criticized. They will not speak unless they are sure that what they are about to say are completely right.
Those who find it easy are not ashamed of making mistakes. Though [their words are] crooked, they strive to speak. They are strong-willed.
Those who like making friends also learn easily. Because they want to make friends with people from the country they are visiting, they speak using a foreign language. Even if they sound “I Tarzan, you Jane.”
What kind of student are you?
This essay struck me for it clearly pointed out what type of language learner I am. It also used the right words to describe me as a person. I have always been this way even while I was learning English. I remember when our teacher would ask us to give sample sentences, most of my classmates would raise their hands and give out short simple sentences. I, on the other hand, would think of a longer one but would later dismiss it, thinking that it’s full of errors. I know this type of attitude would surely bring me nowhere but I continue to have this kind of thinking. 😦
As of the moment, I’m trying my best to change. This change may not be seen in my Korean learning as of yet but I noticed that in some way I’m improving my English speaking skills. I noticed that I’m not stuttering that much at work now. I try to converse more in English even with my Filipino co-workers. I also try not to mentally correct myself when I speak in English for it distracts me more. Having confidence in myself is a plus too. (Do I even have to mention that? :lol:)
Let me ask you this before I go, what kind of language learner are you?