I had been studying English as my second language for a long time. Yet, I feel so much frustration with my English. Compare to my mother tongue, English is still foreign to me. So, I took a radical action last year. I made English my first language. Living in a non English speaking country, this is an ultimate choice for me.
"Would you change your language?"
This is a strange question. I know. Why would anyone want to change one's language? It is true that many are interested in studying foreign languages as a second language or such. But few would change one's language.
It's said there are more than 7,000 languages are spoken on this planet. Each language has its own history and nobody knows exactly why we have this many languages.
Dr. Zamenhof, who created Esperanto was obviously the one who hoped. He intended to create a language that can promote better understanding among people with different ethnic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds.
It was in 2012 when I attended Toastmasters International Convention for the first time. Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization, where people learn public speaking and leadership.
Living with English is not easy and that's fine. There is a certain area where it is harder to do so. Which is numbers! Phone numbers, arithmetic, multiplication table etc.
Bob Ishida, born and raised in Japan, is a human potential researcher, globalization advocate, speaker, entrepreneur, lover, father, husband and child.