I’m a polyglot. What it means is that I can fluently speak in several languages: Bahasa Indonesia (mother tongue), English (self learn), Korean (self learn), and I can listen to Chinese as well as its dialect: Hokkian.

I also just figured out that only 3% of world population identified themselves as polyglot.

With English, I grew up surrounded by RPG in PlayStation, I fell in love with English the language, I learned on my own through TV series (people told me I have American accent despite never had a chance to live in the USA) and the games. I also read, a LOT, in English. I even worked part-time translating English football news to Bahasa Indonesia for a local football blog, I got paid $1 per article.

Korean, I think my interest got piqued on the early days of Korean wave. Originally it was just me challenging myself to understand the language more so I can watch more stuff without waiting for the subtitle. In the end, I fell in love with the culture, food, and the cities in Korea. I must’ve went to Korea more than 15 times already.

I’m also getting married to my Korean girlfriend, we’ve been dating for almost 4 years now and the fact that she doesn’t speak English, helped accelerate my Korean learning. I can speak, listen, write, and read in Korean quite fluently.

Languages are key to open yourself to new culture and new opportunities. Previously when I can’t read Korean, it feels weird going to Seoul and seeing all the signs of the shops. Now, it feels like going to any Western countries. (I don’t know how to explain how interesting this is)

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