April is here and with it, as with the beginning of every month, comes an opportunity for introspection.
So as some of you know I have two primary spheres of my life filled with multilingualism.
One of these is my freelancing business which involves both translating and teaching. Another one of them involves the various language social events I attend on a weekly basis.
There is one aspect of crossover that is had in both of these spheres and that is the fact that often I encounter people who learn languages for the sake of love – either love they’ve found already, or love they seek to find.
It is one of the primary reasons, according to some, that people undertake language learning to begin with. Over half of my students have sited a partner as the primary motivation to learn their target language.
There have only been a handful of articles and podcasts I’ve seen address this topic, among them pieces by Benny Lewis and Olly Richards, and here I am ready to announce “My World, My Everything”, which is going to be a spinoff blog launching on Tu B’av (the Jewish “Valentine’s Day”) later on this year (some time in the summer, I’m too lazy to check a calendar).
The primary focus on the blog is going to be relationship advice, primarily for established couples given that this is one of my primary sources of clientele. But there will also be advice for single multilinguals as well.
Here are some topics I’ll be addressing, feel free to suggest some of your own:
- Is there a sexiest language? (Hint: not really, the ones you are passionate about the most will make your personality radiate when you speak them).
- How to use your significant other as a human instant fluency pill.
- How to use your languages or your national / ethnic background to bolster your attractiveness (most of these principles are not gender-specific).
- The do’s and don’t’s of learning a language because you fancy a particular native speaker / a nationality in general.
- How to convince your beloved to use his or her native language with you (even if s/he wants to use another language instead).
- How to be the best language teacher your boy/girlfriend could ask for.
- How to find heart-melting ultra-sappy love songs (and the like) in your partner’s target language. Oh, and how to use it properly.
- How to learn a language together.
- How to make cultural gaps and differences a source of love rather than a source of tension.
- How to use languages to repair your relationship, to recover from fights or to get your ex back together with you.
Some of you may know books that deal with culture differences in general. Some of these books I highly recommend checking out include “When Cultures Collide” as well as the “Xenophobes’ Guides” (these are humorous) as well as the “Culture Smart!” books.
A number of relationship guides for various cultures are also in the world, ones that will seek to foster mutual understanding and a spirit of undying love with people across cultures from all over the world.
What are some of the nationalities you’d like to see covered in this series? Let me know!
Anything else you’d like to see covered? Write things in the comments!
Hope April 1st is treating you well!