Be a language Olympian
Is there anyone in the world that doesn’t know the Olympics are on in Rio right now?[Traducción en español debajo – Gracias a Danny Mejia.]
As I watch the athletes, I can’t help relating so much of ShareLingo’s mission to these amazing people.
Languages, Cultures, and Dedication to a goal.
Many of you know that ShareLingo links people who speak different languages so they can teach each other. And they share cultural lessons at the same time. We do this for businesses, individuals, and non-profits – so we have seen a lot of people from different cultures connect and become friends.
Wouldn’t it be amazing to go to an event like the Olympics and speak to people in another language, and to have a real understanding of their customs and greetings?
But for me, the thing that resonates most is the dedication that all of these athletes have. I think about the Gold Medal winners, for sure. But even for the people that don’t win gold – the people that win silver, or bronze, or just get to go to the Olympics – and even the people who have trained and didn’t get to go to Rio – I’m super impressed with their dedication.
Learning a language requires a similar dedication. There isn’t any magic pill you can take to just instantly know a new language. You have to learn it. Work on it. Be focused, and dedicated, and persistent. Little by little, every day, you can get better and better.
The accomplishment makes the time and effort so worth it.
You can be a language Olympian! Go for the Gold!