Should English Be the Lingua Franca? | @EnglishWithVeronikaMark (2)
mean, even right now as I am a non-native English speaker, I can see how much I
have improved since our last video, for example, because I watched, like our last
interview a couple of days ago was like, wow, my English is a lot better right now.
So making videos in English on YouTube has definitely helped me a lot.
Um, when it comes to Spanish, uh, probably not because, um, it's enough for me with
just one language, just sharing my journey with people because I have been learning
English basically in my whole life.
With Spanish, it's more like I don't wanna get super, super advanced.
I just wanna be able to live in Mexico City and, uh, use some phrases in
Spanish, and I think that's enough for me.
And, and we can end on that note, however, if you were to do a video about your
struggles in learning Spanish as an adult, uh, I think it would be quite interesting.
I mean, as you say, you've been learning English your whole life.
There's a lot of English in schools everywhere around the world.
Now you go to a country where they speak Spanish, which you didn't have at school.
And so you're starting from scratch and, and what's that experience like?
It would be an interesting, uh, and, and showcase a bit of Mexico City and stuff.
That would be fun.
Anyway, that's entirely up to you.
So, but at any rate, thank you for taking the time and, uh, I think your level
of English is astounding and yes, even better than it was before . Uh, and I
think that illustrates several things.
First of all, I mean, I can detect traces, uh, of sort of non-native,
the slightest, slightest suggestion that you're not, um, a native speaker.
But your English is astounding.
And the biggest thing to me is that I have the feeling that no matter what
I say, no matter how quickly I speak, you will understand everything I say.
And that is the, to my mind, the most important goal is comprehension,
because for the native speaker, speaking to someone where you have
the impression, they don't really understand you, that's very unsatisfying.
That's not a good feeling.
Whereas I can talk to you as soon as I want and you can
understand everything I say.
That is, that's very, very good.
And you have definitely improved.
So no matter how good we are, we can always improve.
That's the other message.
And I know that as a non-native speaker, I will always be improving as long as I uh,
study English, I will always be getting better and also actually recording myself,
like having all of those videos or even like quick audio messages that I sent to
other people that I can later refer to motivates me a lot because I'm like, oh
my God, a year ago I sounded like this.
Like I didn't know all of these words, but now I feel so much more confident.
I speak a lot faster.
I know all of these words.
So yeah, like having all of those, uh, videos and all of those references
really does help me, like motivate me to study English even more.
And you know, it's not only the fact that you know all these
words, the way you assemble your words is in the correct order.
Uh, so many people, and it, it, that's more important than accent
is, is having a sentence structure with the odd clause buried in another
clause, but yet everything is English.
It's not Russian, or it's not German or Chinese.
It's, it's actually a hundred percent English.
Thank you, Veronika.
Yeah, thank you.