Sunday, 21 December 2014

Refection 159 (language)

Today our last day in Istanbul, Turkey.
The land of Ataturk, Erdogan and a lot of taxi drivers

I was surprised that so many taxi drivers in a major capital with so many tourists do not seem to understand even simple English.

My friend, Tan Sri Ani Arope, who is no longer among us since this morning, used to always praise people who know many languages and he was proud of his own wide range of language skills. It is so true, such a valuable lesson of the wise late Tan Sri: a language you know gives you a supreme advantage throughout your life. The more languages you know, the more job opportunities, the better your chances, the more interesting your life.

It is never too late to learn a new language. Five new words per day give you vocabulary of 1500 words after one year. Keep on practicing, keep on learning, we never know enough.

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