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I began learning English when I was 10, because I wanted to understand the lyrics to my favourite band’s songs. (Please, don’t ask which one. I was ten! It was the 90’s. Honestly, it’s embarrassing.)

Therefore, I started simply translating the songs with a dictionary. As you do, you know? It turns out, well… not so much. I’ll tell you: that endeavour led to much confusion! Direct translations oftentimes don’t make any sense and the mini dictionary’s word meanings were quite limited.

I continued on that way for a while; teaching myself through music, magazines, films, television and the beginnings of the internet, until I joined an actual English course. Due to having been self-taught for a few years, I was admitted as an advanced student. At the ripe old age of 14! When I turned 15, they invited me to take the teacher training course, which I accepted. However, I didn’t go on to start teaching yet, as it conflicted with my schooling.

In the next few years, I finished the course and kept on studying and practising by myself, immersing in all I could find in my dear second language. English became a tool through which I could access so much more of the things I cherished.

I rediscovered my love of reading and eventually writing, now in English. It again expanded my worldview, introducing me to different realities, fictional and otherwise.

I struggled a bit at university, when I realised the path I’d chosen out of love didn’t truly fit me. It would lead me to neither accomplishment nor happiness. Whilst taking some time off, I went back to my old friend for comfort. I read and wrote as much as I could. I devoured books and wrapped myself up in stories.

I thought, at the time that I was sinking; until I realised, that truly, I was only delving into what I truly love. That, perhaps, I didn’t need to figure out what my profession would be, what my passion was. It’d been constantly with me since I was 10: the language, the words, which opened new worlds, new meanings, ways of thinking, possibilities…

I went back to university to study English and have been working with it ever since. I’m an English teacher, translator and editor. I’m also an aspiring author.

I love the back and forth, the dynamic of a classroom. I love sharing my passion of English and perhaps planting that first seed of something that can grow and shape the life of a person. I adore working with words and stories; crafting and moulding them and bringing them into life, then honing and polishing them until they shine.

My youthful curiosity has led me on a decades-long journey, which is still unfolding. How could 10-year-old me have thought that a desire to understand some music would, in due course, evolve into a lifelong passion, a profession and, hopefully, in the near future, even a country relocation?

I suppose, one can never tell where the road will lead once you start on a learning adventure.

Now, enough about me! ;)
I also love to hear other people’s stories.
Tell me about your own language journey in the comments!

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6th May, 2016 14:37 (UTC)
My comment
My own languange journey began when I was sixteen. I enrolled in a German course and I discovered how dificult is German. So, I decided to start to study English. Unfortunately, I wasn't interested in speaking English, I just wanted to become able to read my books in English. I had just begun my undergraduate course in Engineering, so all that I read were math and physics books and articles in English. By doing so I've moulded my skills in this language. After finishing my undergrate and a posgraduated courses I've set the goal of becoming fluent. So, from that time on, I listen to a podcast, or watch a video in English everyday. I hope I'll reach my desired fluency soon.
6th May, 2016 17:37 (UTC)
Re: My comment
Thank you for your comment.
Good luck on your language journey!
12th Jun, 2016 10:46 (UTC)
Marauder's Era RPG
Since the reign of Grindelwald in the 1940's, pureblood traditions have rapidly digressed. The suppression of muggles and muggleborns lead to an extreme alteration in lifestyle. This can be clearly seen by those who uphold the old ways.

Where students were once indoctrinated into magical culture, they are now highly influenced by muggle philosophy and religion. We no longer teach muggleborn students pureblood etiquette, but instead teach children with magical upbringing muggle studies. Primordial and ritualistic magics have been abolished, labelled as dark, and Judao-Christian holidays have replaced the ancient Sabbaths. In place of Yule or Samhain, we find Christmas and Halloween. Elemental magic has become taboo. Our mannerisms and customs have been classified as archaic.

Lord Voldemort's pro-pureblood movement quickly gained support from the ancient wizarding families. He promised to restore honor to the noble houses. But when his methods failed, what began as a political faction was revealed to be a hate group. Now, their tactics have deteriorated into terrorism.

Many of those who once believed in his cause have attempted to distance themselves from the revolution, only to find that abdiction comes at the greatest of costs. Those who outwardly rebel are executed. Any who dare refuse his service are coerced into doing his bidding, or disposed of all together. The Ministry of Magic is on the brink of collapse.

But from the ashes of the debilitated community, a few vigilantes rise to fight against him. The Order of the Phoenix, lead by Albus Dumbledore, battles for dominance.

Welcome to war. Which side will you find yourself on?

Reading that, I never would have known that English was your second language. You're more well spoken than the majority of Americans I know. Your grasp of grammar is truly remarkable. I wish I had a passion for foreign language; you make it sound so romantic! Alas, I do not.
23rd Aug, 2016 20:39 (UTC)
What a wonderful story!
24th Aug, 2016 00:00 (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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