Hello. Kamusta. Bonjour.
My name is Jonathan and I enjoy learning languages as a hobby. I am an aspiring ESL teacher and language hobbyist based in Melbourne, Australia.
I have learned other languages prior to that such as Japanese, Italian, Indonesian and French in schools as well as Tagalog from my parents. Although I did excel in learning some of those languages, at that time, I didn’t think I would be that interested in foreign languages as I am now. It wasn’t until at around 2006 at age 18 in my first year of university when I started to become passionate in learning foreign languages. It was also a mentally healthier hobby than playing video games.
Since then, I’ve been learning languages either by teaching myself using books, CDs, the Internet, etc within my own room or taking classes although seldomly. Throughout my language-learning journey, I learned that one doesn’t need a lot of money (you need some, though) or a family member or friend who speaks a certain language or even be located in a country where the local people speak a certain language (although it helps greatly). I also learned that after learning one language, it’s easy to learn another language within the same language family, which I will deal with.
I am also an aspiring ESL teacher and I have certificate and qualification in CELTA. For now, I only teach voluntarily as a way to gain experience. I hope to share my insight and knowledge about the English language to those willing to learn. Although, those learning English won’t be able to read my posts about English until they get up to that stage where they are able to read.
This blog will record my thoughts, philosophies and opinions about learning foreign languages and the English language in a perspective of a young, least-experienced hobbyist. I’m mostly going to be blogging in mainly English. I might blog in another language like Tagalog or French.
I also have other interests other than languages. I’m also interested in video gaming and martial arts.