By a Worker in Asia
Entering a new country is like entering a new world―a world with codes, values, rules, signs and people groups. Learning the language is not an option; it is key to opening hearts. The words we use and the language we speak are not just sounds or signs to communicate, they tell something of our world. They are links between people. For me learning my new language started with listening, observing and accepting becoming like a child again―allowing the local people to be my guide and instructor. It’s difficult when we want to be listened to, obeyed and followed, but are still struggling to remember the letters of this new script.
What a great privilege to learn to write and read this very artistic language (So many of the local people do not have this opportunity). There is no time off in class. Language learning is a 24/7 task. I long for the day when I will dream in my new language!
I am a member of an international team. Besides speaking the local language, many of my coworkers must also communicate with each other in a language that is not their own. We learn to jabber in all kinds of tongues and accents. Maybe this is a good way to prepare for life in a circus!