Posts tagged ‘languages’

June 6, 2011

Linguistic Maniac & other Syndromes.

by Khanum

Urdu, English, Arabic, Hangul, Turkish. Once I’m done with these, I will move further. And Who knows what more languages I may end up learning before I expire from this World.

It’s National geographic Thing. Utterly amazing & mindbogglingly Adventurous.

 

 

I was in school, perhaps in class 5 when I got the  craze to achieve perfection in Britisher’s Language in order to become Master of  English Lingua. Click Here if you wish to read my tale of English Maniac. I settled the score at that game long ago despite of the fact that I am still average at my Mother tongue i.e., Lingua Urdu! This is another tale. According to my mother, it’s a side effect of living in a land where Britishers once ruled – Stubbornly.

“Angrez chaley gayem magar apni aulad chor gaye” is the common saying around here if you suck at Urdu round the clock.     Anyway.

I have this syndrome. Which pushes me to do new things and have know-how of other stuff  , other cultures alien to me. It’s  ‘I-have-to-learn-something-something-all-the-time-in-this-world-or-I-will-die” kind of situation. So whenever I’m fascinated by something I have to have it googled first. Then later on loose my sleep over it for several nights before I come to decision to finally go for it. Same thing happened with riding  a bicycle. I was so in awe of the working of two wheels. How come people are able to balance their fat body merely on two thin wheels, han? I finally got it after practice.

Now ever since National Geographic & Discovery Channel became the number one sources to watch all weird activities going on in the world, to top it all, ever since , I – became more taller and stronger: The passion to learn and continue the process has been of tremendous weight.

And now I feel even He wants me to go for different things and make myself reach somewhere, somewhere – where He’s waiting for me to reach.

First I bumped into Turkish People where I work. Gladly there I am offered free Turkish classes. Its another matter altogether that I find the instructor rather non-teaching-material. Anyway, before Turkish came into my life, I was already having a one on one with Arabic. It’s the language of my Holy Book. The instructor is very cool. Very helpful and very old. And did I mention it’s an online course ? it gives me so much room to go over the last repeated sentence of the Teacher anytime I wish.

Moving on Further, my recent obsession has been with Hangul. Korean language that is very complicated on the outlook but once you learn the basics its way easier as riding a bicycle. My way to Hangul was paved by Korean dramas mostly. My favorite character spoke fluent Korean so Of course I had to know what he and she were fusing about. It’s very amazing and fun thing to do, Seriously! And who knows which language might come handy to you at any moment in your life.

My list of to-do-things-before-I-die  is a quite a long one that i feel I shouldn’t even start typing. Plus half of them are related to spiritual contentment , so it’s better left unsaid without any show off. However, one very common wish that I might share with many and many people around the world is definitely this one : To Travel this Amazing World of the Creator and Give him feedback! and in order to do that – I have to know the different modes of communication. Here comes the languages I have been trying to master from past recent days – all together.

So whether you’re into different cultures or not, smart or not, competitive or not, rich or not. I feel, Having the know-how of other languages can make you stand among the most cooler and learned people in the world.

My, being the  fluent speaker of English lingua is a proof of that.  Would I have achieved the specific things in my life If I hadn’t trained myself to English tongue? Would I have been able to communicate with you people and known you  if I hadn’t learned this international language , in the first place?

The answer is obviously, No! So how many languages you’re gonna know ?