Something I’ve learned in the last few years is that it’s simply not enough to only speak one language, both when you travel and when you want to have a global career. This is especially the case when your first language is English, because many professionals from non-English speaking countries (Europe…specifically Germany, I’m looking at you) can not only speak at least two (usually three or more) languages fluently, they’re also working and thriving in English-speaking work environments.
Does that make sense, or do I need to take English lessons too?
Anyway, armed with a reasonable proficiency in French, and a desire to work in a global environment through sustainable tourism consultancy and the UNWTO, I know that I need to add another language to my repertoire. At this point, Spanish makes the most sense, so in January of this year, I took Spanish lessons for three months.
While I thought my instructor was lovely and kind, the lessons didn’t have the structure I needed. I’m one of those people who needs languages to be mapped out precisely and logically. I can’t learn just by immersing in conversation, I need a solid foundation first, before I jump into that.
Enter The Spanish Centre. They seem like they have exactly what I’m looking for – structured lessons akin to high school language classes. Perfect. I’m enrolled in Beginner 2 and Low Intermediate 1 for the fall, and am really looking forward to working my way all the way up to High Advanced 2. That’s nine levels. Aiaiai.
Might take me a couple years, but fluency is my goal. I want to read a book by Isabelle Allende in the language in which it was written.
After that, re-fluent myself in French. Then, German. Then, Japanese.
Wish me luck, and humour me as I stumble my way through español on Twitter and maybe even this blog. And if you know Spanish, help me out a little, eh?!