Back in my early 20s, I have already recognized the passion to travel within me. Because of that, I always made sure that I worked really hard, save money as much as I can, so that I can spend some time traveling to at least one destination every year. Back in high school, I took foreign language courses for my minor subjects. At the same time, I also come from a family with a diverse cultural background. All these factors have made it a little easier for me to go out and travel, even to unfamiliar places, and in grasping the local language fast.
I speak fluent English and German, thanks to my parents. In high school, I studied French. While I was working, I was deeply fascinated with Asia so I attempted to study Japanese. However, I realized that the Western culture is so different to the Oriental one. The only way to learn about the language fast is by immersing in the culture and exposing myself to the locals. Japan was my first stop in Asia. I stayed there for 3 months. At that point, I was able to put my knowledge in practice. The language was quite complicated but since I have the passion for it, I learned fast.
The Next Move
While in Japan, I made some side trips to nearby countries such as South Korea and Philippines. Though I didn’t manage to learn their languages because of time restraint, I had a perfect understanding of what their culture was like. After the three months stay in Japan, I went back to my country and continued working. The next year, Europe was my destination. There I was able to harness my knowledge in French and German languages. It was just a month of travel but the experience was pretty memorable.
The Benefit for Me
When I got back home, I noticed a poster just outside my office. It’s for a small academy offering language courses. I went to check how the academy was run, and found out that there were a lot of local students learning foreign languages there. Among the languages offered are the ones I already speak. This gave me the idea of possibly teaching part time. After I started my initial stints in teaching, the door opened for me to become a translator. Some of my projects are online, thus, it allows me to work from home. Soon enough, the projects were more than a handful.
That was when I decided to focus on that passion. Yes, my job has become my passion. Those years of traveling the world has certainly helped me to become a translator part time. As of now, though I still have a lot of other things to do, I still do part time translation services. For more information, learn about translation services at Textualis. This passion has given me the reason to move further and learn some more. For that, I am happy.