Yesterday a friend of mine called me ”
Hey Stone I got a surprise for you! I’ve got a friend who actually speaks 6 Languages!!! I think you could come over, meet him and have some exchange with him
After having that phone call, I was really eager to meet that guy because the truth is I love languages but I rarely find people like me so it was like an amazing occasion for me to practice more than three languages at once and get some Advice as well!!!
So I got prepared (as as usual) , and I went to meet the guy ! He looked really interesting at a first glance ! We started our conversation in English ( obviously) after 4 minutes or so, I decided to switch to Italian cuz he had told me he actually speaks 5 languages (English, French, Italian, Chinese , Arabic).
When I switched to Italian our conversation became really boring because I was like the only one talking and he was just listening and saying “si”…. “No” which actually means “yes” …”no” and whenever I mentioned the name of a place or a food he knows he would be like “siiiiiiii molto bene” . I felt really uncomfortable with that so I said to myself ” I better take another language.”. So ,I said ” tu parles français “(do you speak French?) and he answered “oui! ” with such enthusiasm . we pursued our conversation and it was the same scenario ! The guy was saying nothing relevant he was just like reciting his French phrasebook . out of a sudden the guy stopped me and said
listen guy the reality is that I’ve visited 5 countries and I can actually just say “good morning” in 5 languages so, do not take it bad, but I’m not a polyglot, I’m just a traveller!
I was really disappointed after this, but this situation thought me a very important lesson that I want to share with you guys!!!
The time you spend telling people the number of languages you speak , you could spend that time learning and improving your skills in languages! ( we all know the process!).
The objective is not to look like a polyglot but to be able to communicate like a polyglot. The countries you visit are not the languages you speak… The fact that you know some words in a language does not mean you are a speaker of that language if not I would say I speak more than 250 languages!!! Hell yeah! Because there are more than 250 languages in Cameroon and I know at least two words in each of these languages.
So guys! Stay cool and learn languages. From your way of expressing yourself , people are going to tell you “wow !! You speak very well”
See you guys it was your folk Stone