Let’s Get PERSONAL…

For those of you out there who speak more than one language, I would LOVE to hear how you went about it.

We all remember those days in school being told to memorize crucial phrases such as: “Where is the library?”, “Where is McDonalds?”, “Peter likes to eat pizza”, “Where is the garbage?”, and the timeless classic “Where is the bathroom?”. Granted most of these have their proper and time and place, but overall they do nothing for you.

I took Spanish in Elementary school, French in High School, and went back to Spanish in college. I had ONE good language professor, a Spaniard, throughout my college years studying in the US. Since I didn’t find college terribly challenging, and I LOVE adventure, I used office hours to ask my professor about what Spain was like and his home town… And, then I had the idea that changed my life forever. If I was really serious about learning another LANGUAGE and not just asking about a bathroom, I needed to STUDY ABROAD.

A roommate of mine had done it before, and gone through a specific program, called ISA. This may be a shameless plug, but I assure you that I am not being paid or receiving any perks for mentioning their name. I just want them to stay in business because they are the THE BEST company out there for this. All my friends have HORROR stories about the various agencies they used, and I do not have even ONE complaint about ISA. But that’s not the point…

All these translation companies that NEED your business talk about such generic things, but luckily, I am NOT like that. While I would LOVE your business, I do not expect it. Business is like trust, it should be EARNED and not given. So, my blogs will be PERSONAL, for the most part…. the others will be FUNNY, INFORMATIVE, and I’ll try to weave in as much personal info as is relevant.

Jamie Bonnette, Founder & Owner

Found In Translation, LLC

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4 responses to “Let’s Get PERSONAL…

  1. Have to admit i totally agree. I studied French and German in school and barely speak a word of either now. However, i went to live in Spain for a year and actually speak reasonable Spanish. Personal experience is key!

  2. I agree as well. I think part of it is that most foreign languages in the US schools are taught in an academic, not a functional way. Conversation should be emphasized and generally its not. Also I think that immersion in a language without the ability to fall back on your native tongue is key. We all get lazy and tired and need to be forced sometimes ot use the new language.

  3. I agree living in Spain was just a start for me. I fell in love with the Spanish language in high school. Studying in Spain helped me see the importance of knowing another language and learning about other cultures. I went on to chaperone trips to Spain and open the eyes of other students to the beautiful country. The most powerful experience I’ve had was student teaching in Guatemala. There isn’t much of an americanized culture there. You had to speak their language yo get by. I volunteered in an orphanage and fell in love with the third world country.

    • Isn’t it amazing what traveling does for us, and how it opens our eyes? We both know what it was like for us at first in Spain, but that year I learned SO MUCH about myself. It was the best and worst year of my life. I do have to admit that I believe it to truly be, the most USEFUL year I have ever had. And I mean useful in the sense of getting to know myself better, having the privilege of learning about another culture, and getting to walk through CENTURIES of history,DAILY!!!! And that was just on my way to class???

      Spain, and the Spanish people and culture will ALWAYS have my heart!!!

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