About Me

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.

7 thoughts on “About Me

  1. First of all, please let me say that your blog is very inspiring! I am 20 right now (close to the age you were when you first became passionate in learning languages), and its great news for me to see that someone can still learn so many languages at this age. I was disheartened because I had the chance to learn Ilocano from my mom at a young age, but didn’t. Finding your blog and recently returning to Melbourne after a month of being in the Philippines has really lifted my spirits (: thanks

    • Hi Kelly, I feel humbled that I inspired you. 🙂 One of the reasons why I was able to learn so many languages is because I learned languages from the same language family that has a consistent syntax. It is enlightening when you go to the country of the language you want to learn (in our case, the Philippines). You still wanna learn Ilocano? Well it’s never too late. You can start by learning from your mum if you’re still able to or you can scour the Internet for online resources. I suggest you google the Peace Corps Ilokano phrasebook PDF. Good luck 🙂

  2. Hi Jonny. I am searching for schools offering shorterm courses for foreign language and I end up here. I am presently employed as human resource in charge for almost 5 yrs now. Lately, I feel bored with my monotomous duties. I wanted to have a change in my career but I can’t figured out what would it be. I have fondness for foreign language especially most of our clients are foreigners but I cannot speak other than English. With this, I am planning to take up course on japanese but my problem is I have to leave my job because the school is far from my jobsite. But reading yours, I am inspired that I can also learn the language through multimedia and traditional textbooks. Is the method as effective as being enrolled in school? Thanks.

    • I’m no expert about this but I’ll try answering.

      Personally I still think that being in a school is still more effective than self-learning. Classes give you goals and incentives to learn and your teacher can explain the semantics to you. But don’t rule out self-learning, there are benefits (your own time, cheaper, etc.). However, once again, you need the passion, motivation and commitment but importantly, you need to find a way to practise speaking what you have just learnt. Classes usually provide speaking practise.

      If you do try self-learning, don’t quit your day job. I hope this helps.

  3. Finally! Well, Hi Johnny! Upon searching for blogs that talk about languages ang literature. I happened to land on yours! Its a great thing to see your posts as I believe we share the same interest, thr english language(or shall I include the others too) Your blog inspires me a lot especially in venturing to learn foregin languages.

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