As a child I was an avid reader and my parents gave me a lot of books to help with my English and I was always reading. It was fun to explore new worlds through the words that I was reading and my parents were of course supportive. Once I grew older I realized that English wasn’t the only language I needed to know, it was hard at first to broaden my horizons but it was worth it. We need to step out of our comfort zones once in a while to truly explore the world.
- In Europe, all European languages are regarded as equally important, with English regarded as no more than another European language.
- This is a distinct approach and philosophy from those exhibited, for example, in Singapore, where English was chosen as a unifying language.
- Needing to learn a European language from scratch and find a way to blend into a different culture allowed her to gain many new skills and insights.
“It’s certainly never easy to step out of one’s comfort zone. In fact, it’s downright scary. But when we choose to leave our comfort zone behind and explore new areas, we experience and learn amazing new things – both about ourselves and the world around us.”