Part of it came from watching some Brazilian guys boasting about themselves for speaking English.
But the main reason came from the attitude of some foreigners in Brazil, who seemed to judge themselves superior than all Brazilians. Fortunately, this problem was solved on time.
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I realized that being surrounded by foreigners had brought several benefits into my life, and I promised myself that I would never use the English language to detract anyone.
During this process of erring – reflecting – correcting, I discovered also that learning a new language requires an enormous willingness to expose oneself publicly. For me, though, this was the easiest part.
After I lined up mind and heart in the same direction, that language prejudice started to disappear. But it wasn’t an easy task, as stated by the Father of modern Physics:
“Genius is made up of 1% of inspiration and 99% of transpiration.” - Albert Einstein
Ready to have a look into yourself? Let’s return to the past, via time travel...
What about having a frank conversation with yourself, looking for those unresolved concerns about language learning?
Let me try to help you with some basic questions. (No need for answers out loud...)
Have you ever felt frustration when trying to express your thoughts in a foreign language?
Whatever your challenge may be, now is the time to overcome your own language prejudice.
Let's do it together. We still have a long way to go...
“You can not teach anyone a lesson; but you can help him/her learn it on his own.” - Galileu Galilei
Before we move any further, let’s have a look at the psychologist Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence’s Theory:
Score from 1 to 10 each of these intelligences. You probably have all of them in greater or lesser degree. Here they are:
This area has to do with movement and doing. In this category, people are generally adept at physical activities such as sports or dance and often prefer activities which utilize movement.
This area has to do with interaction with others.
Verbal-linguistic intelligence has to do with words, spoken or written. People with verbal-linguistic intelligence display a facility with words and languages.
This area has to do with logic, abstractions, inductive and deductive reasoning, and numbers.
This area has to do with introspective and self-reflective capacities.
This area has to do with vision and spatial judgment. People with strong visual-spatial intelligence are typically very good at visualizing and mentally manipulating objects.
This area has to do with rhythm, music, and hearing. Those who have a high level of musical-rhythmic intelligence display greater sensitivity to sounds, rhythms, tones, and music.
Develop new talents while you learn a new language...
All of us have abilities that we don’t even notice. Have a look:
The Good Listeners
Can you name someone who listens actively? Good listeners make us feel important. They don’t interrupt you before you’re finished, and never complete your phrases while you are still speaking.
Have you noticed how some children arrive anywhere bringing immediate confusion – while others would get along even with Big Foot?
The Supportive Friends
Some fellows make us feel good simply by the way they address us. They are like the sauce in a meal. Their presence is noticed. Their absence even more.
The Natural Clowns
Do you remember anyone who usually makes you laugh every time you meet? Or those who can tell a joke like nobody else does?
And the list grows and grows. You can develop new skills in two simple steps:
1. Realize your own abilities and find out how you’ve developed them. You quite likely perform well in those activities you feel comfortable doing – dating, practicing a sport, dancing...
2. Transfer this particular way of learning to your language learning journey.
As soon as we learn to admire other people's talents, there's no place for any language prejudice anymore.
“Every man overcomes me in something and, in such matter, I learn from him.” - Isaac Newton