Screw NFT. Languages are the currency you need. (Plus 2 things you need do to benefit from that currency.)
Before you start:
No, this one IS NOT about investing in cryptocurrency. It's about language learning.
OK. Off we go.
NFT stands for non-fungible token.
Doesn't translate? Well...
It's a digital asset representing real-world objects such as art and music.
Artists sell their art and make butt load of money online. Snoop Dogg released exclusive music as NFTs.
So, apparently, it's a thing.
But hot trends come and go. I much prefer sticking with something that lasts longer.
If you know me well, you know I'm a risk-averse person.
I hate putting my hard-earned money into something unknown.
It's just really not my thing.
Instead, I invest in myself.
This is the only thing I know best.
So, what do I invest in?
If you want to communicate with the world, you need languages. (Don't forget. Even sign languages are a form of a language.)
Things will stay this way until some high-tech thingy is invented, and humans can communicate in encrypted brainwaves.
But before that, you need languages.
This is one of the safest investments you can ever made.
Languages are about human connections.
If you speak other people's languages, you guys can bond much more easily.
Want an example?
A friend of mine works at an embassy in Hungary. He told me his boss makes a deliberate effort to learn Hungarian, so he can stay connected with those movers and shakers in the Hungarian political scene.
He does so even though many parliamentarians speak some English.
But mind you: MANY of them, not ALL of them.
If you want to rub shoulders with those who don't, you need Hungarian.
Plus, if you can speak Hungarian to those parliamentarians who DO speak English, you can still shock their pants off. They'll never forget you. Why not?
As I always say: if you want to speak to someone's head, speak in a foreign language. If you want to speak to their soul, speak in their first language.
Now, for those who don't speak English as their first language, I have a question for you: wouldn't that surprise you, if someone you first met speaks your first language?
It's especially so if yours is a minority one.
Now, let's talk a little bit about me.
My multilingual skills kept supporting me financially while I was in college.
I worked as a part-time English teacher at a local language institute.
This is my favorite type of part-time job. Because I got in the class... and then I got out.
2 hours. Sometimes even in 1 hour.
While my fellow college friends had to sacrifice hours and hours of their free time waiting tables, I already earned enough money for the day and were studying for the exam the next day.
Talk about efficiency.
Apart from paying for my own living expenses, I even saved up enough money for my braces.
All this wouldn't have happened without my linguistic skills.
So, what should you do to cash in THAT CURRENCY CALLED LANGUAGES?
1. Have a strategy that goes well with where you are now.
While language learning textbooks, vocab books, courses, tutoring, language exchange partners, pen pals (Have we met? I was born in 1983, pre-iPhone, mind you.) are all good, they are the woods, not the forest.
You need to see the whole forest. To do so, you need to have a strategy.
To have the right strategy, you need to know where you are now in your language learning journey.
Can you barely make a sound in your target language?
Are you doing OK in tests, but nowhere near fluency?
Do you know all the words in your target language, except the ones you truly need?
Different journeys require different strategies.
So what you desperately need now is perhaps not another language learning textbook/ vocab book/ language teacher/ tutor/ conversation partner.
But a language learning strategist.
And hey, haven't you heard? I happen to be one.
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2. Actually implement that strategy.
As I often tell my students/ clients: you can't think your way to fluency.
You need to act upon it.
To really and consistently implement your strategy, you need to overcome your inner resistance.
That is, anything that'll make you make any not-so-legit excuses so you can put off language learning, such as:
- I need to buy a new pair of airpod first.
- I haven't found a perfect Moleskine notebook.
- The stars haven't been aligned.
Just to name a few.
While I don't know what your inner resistance looks like, I DO know 3 words that start with C, P and R respectively that can help you reignite your passion for language learning.
(And no. It's not Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, because it's two words, although both terms help bring something back to life.)
Anyway, my CPR stand for:
is the most powerful word you can use when you feel a strong inner resistance within.
Now do yourself a favor, grab my FREE guide: Give your language learning CPR.
I'll guide you to dig deeper and find out what your true purpose behind language learning is.
It can be your anti-dose for the poison of inner resistance.
NOW, YOUR TURN.
- Which part of the language learning journey are you in now?
- What strategy do you think you need to make faster progress?
- What is your inner resistance when it comes to language learning?
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