discovering new languages
LingQ Writing Contest submission by jotsecham
But intense desire grasps the curious individual. He sets on a path of discovery, which will be both a wondrous experience, and a difficult experience. He must get accustomed to taking a “different highway to work”. Even harder to stomach, he must build the highway himself… which means “discovering” the proper blueprints. The road takes years to build, starting as a simple dirt road. As time goes on, the dirt road becomes a superhighway. It becomes as formidable as the road the individual took for all his living life.
However, the road has beautiful new sights. The individual is overwhelmed with a sense of novelty as he further progresses down the road. New sounds and smells overpower the senses. He looks behind him and sees the path he has taken. And happiness and joy for the new destination fill his soul. Life is wonderful. Over a period, he builds the road up and travels many miles across unfamiliar landscapes. At last he comes to his destination with a superhighway. But now he travels the highway everyday. Over time, the road becomes worn but the man knows the road well. The curves and sudden hairpin turns become second nature. He connects his road to other roads, which he becomes increasingly familiar.
And that is how I see learning a language. It is nice to be able to write in another language. It is similar to getting a wonderful new toy for your birthday, except it is much more fun. In other words, it is exciting to create and travel a new path.