(Or in other words, don't make a language mountain out of a mountain molehill!)


I just saw someone on a Czech-learning website today ask a question about the different ways of introducing herself in Czech. She wrote, “There seem to be many ways to introduce yourself in Czech. On the youtube channel, the presented way to introduce yourself is by saying ‘já jsem Jane’”. She went on to say “there is also ‘mé jméno je Jane’”, then she asked, “What is the difference between these? Which is the most commonly used?”


Now, before you stop and think that because the question was about something in Czech, this is not relevant to you because you are learning Spanish or English—please stay with me. I’m making a point that I hope will be very helpful for you regardless of which language you are studying—and it is all about the attitude that you have towards the perceived difficulty of what you are learning. When you tell yourself that something in another language is more complicated than it really is, you do not help yourself to progress in learning that language. Instead, you enter a negative mindset that more often than not, will only slow you down.


With more and more highly-skilled professionals coming to work in Australia, expert language and cultural support is increasingly being recognised as a valuable investment in overall staff (and client) satisfaction, and consequently, productivity. One area in which this helps such professionals is in understanding their Australian colleagues.


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