Today, I want to talk about what prompted me to create Langulife. There are some questions we need to answer first. Why languages are so important? What makes communication the heartbeat of humanity? Is speaking practice is the most important part of language learning? There are more. Finally I will share my own language journey and everything that led me to first come up with the concept of Langulife, and then bring my vision to life. Let’s get started, shall we?
Language, Communication & Speaking Practice
Humans are social animals. We need each other in all aspects of life. We need each other to love and be loved. We need each other to work effectively and put food on the table for ourselves, family and loved ones. We need each other to grieve. We need each other to laugh.
We feed off each other’s energy. I can go on, but you get the point. To connect to one another, we need to communicate. Communication is everything. Great things happen when people communicate effectively, and the opposite occurs when people miscommunicate. Languages are the tools with which we communicate. They’ve been around since stone ages and their importance and value has only gone up and will only go up. Every language is a world of its own. It’s a culture. It’s a story. It’s a being. We need languages to survive and to thrive.
My Language Journey
My journey with languages started many years ago. The more I learned, the more fascinated I became. I tried every tool available; software, book, app, you name it. I used Pimsleur to speak right away. I did Duolingo to get a better understanding of sentence structure. I used Drops and Memrise to enrich my vocabulary. I bought books and did grammar exercises. I had language teachers from iTalki. I found language partners on HelloTalk. I can go on and on.
One thing I always struggled with, however, was real life speaking. The content on those softwares and apps rarely applied to real life conversations and communication. Even with iTalki teachers, they weren’t often interested in the topics I was interested in. It just didn’t feel natural. To practice speaking, I traveled far and wide. It was wild, but expensive. I don’t regret it one bit. As of writing this post, I can communicate effectively in five languages, and I am making good gains in a few more. It’s a journey that once starts, never stops.
Over the past 10 years, I’ve been a student of languages. After immigrating to Canada with my family in 2006, I learned English. In University, I took Spanish classes to master this language. Next, I lived in Poland for two years and learned Polish and Russian. Not only I was a student, but a teacher as well. I worked as an English teacher in Eastern Europe for two years, during which I worked with hundreds of students and learned of their frustrations when it came to speaking practice. Nearly all language students shared three main obstacles and concerns when it came to speaking. Let’s summarize them in plain terms:
- “I don’t know what to talk about”
- “ I don’t know enough words and vocabulary to talk about this subject.”
- “ I am too nervous to talk with native speakers because they speak too fast and I don’t understand their accent.”
The Solution: Langulife
That’s what Langulife is all about and we’re just getting started. Thank you for joining us in this journey. Let’s get speaking about interesting topics and learn from each other. Let’s communicate beautifully and effectively. Let’s improve together. Let’s make speaking fun again!