Hi, I am JR.
I created this blog to celebrate the beauty of universal communication. I believe that communication, though spoken in various languages, is an integral part of world order. Effective communication can make or break societies. It can build harmony and it can also instigate a war.
Let me stop there. Let me just be candid to share who I am.
I am an expat based in Doha. I speak two languages fluently. My mother tongue is Filipino and my second language is English. I am a bit versed on Spanish, having it commonly mixed in our Filipino language too. I also took a Spanish course when I was still a University student. I am exposed and immersed in the Arabic language as a media practitioner here in the Middle East. I have a lot of friends who speak Arabic, French, Chinese, Thai, and Hindi. I always attempt to speak to them in their language, and I love it.
As you can see, being exposed with the abundance of these magnificent languages, I got fascinated with Polyglots, the men and women who can fluently speak and understand many languages. I always imagine an ideal world where we all speak different languages, yet we all understand each other.
Thank you for visiting my blog. In here, I will share various articles and ideas on languages. My aim is to inspire you to love and embrace a new language with the hope of bridging the gap between you and another person’s culture and community.
As Nelson Mandela once remarked, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
May we all speak in another one’s language so we may touch each other’s hearts for a better world.
Thank you very much! (English)
Shukran Jazilan! (Arabic)
Muchas Gracias! (Spanish)
Maraming Salamat Po! (Filipino)
ps. I am also a family man with a very lovely wife and two adorable kids. Aside from English and Filipino, we tried to expose my 2-year-old daughter to the Chinese language and she seems to be loving it and picking it up fast.