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Modern European languages graduate school essay

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Modern European languages graduate school essay

This was my impression when I had my first European language class with Mr. Sabio, an Italian who happens to be an expert in most European languages. The first language that he taught me, naturally, was in Italian. After almost a year of Italian language lessons, conjugations, listening, and speaking practices, Mr. Sabio asked me if I’m going to continue the course. Unfazed with the question, I said yes. This “yes” answer enabled me to finish the six-year Romance language course in Mr. Sabio’s international school and be able to fluently speak and write in Italian, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, and Latin, with the inclusion of Greek, Dutch and Celtic languages such as Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, and Irish.

Personally, I really think the moniker “Romance languages” fits European languages very well. This is because European languages are really very beautiful; they have a character all their own. They have a version of a word for every gender and number, and it really takes skill and an artistic attitude to be able to pronounce them clearly. But then, while I was doing the course, many people including my friends criticized me, especially because not many people here in my little hometown in New York really appreciated other languages. Most of them are families of truck drivers whose only real ambition in life is to survive each day of their lives. I am the son of a truck driver, too, but I’m not like them. I am the type of person who wants to make a difference wherever he goes. I believe this was best exemplified by a couple of theses that I made while I was still in international language school as well as the campaigns I did as a European language translator and researcher when I finished language school. These were basically about the promotion of the “minor” yet promising European languages in international language schools, such as Catalan, Galician, Slavic, Indo-European, Indo-Aryan, and the Germanic languages. Fortunately, my family, a bunch of really proactive people, supported me along the way. This support has been key in helping me attain awards such as European Language Award in learning, a New York version of the Nobel peace and literature prizes, and two honorary Master’s degrees in European languages and European communication technologies.

Right now, I intend to take up a doctor’s degree in modern European languages at the University of Phoenix in the state of Iowa. The reason behind is primarily to further improve my research skills, especially now that I am planning on putting up my own European languages school in my little hometown in New York. I am proud yet humbled to say that my efforts have actually inspired quite a number of young people in my neighborhood to appreciate and seek further studies in European languages. The main focus of the school that I will be putting up is research, just like what we did in Mr. Sabio’s school. And I hope that, someday, I can make an impact in the lives of my future students just as Mr. Sabio made an impact in mine when he first taught me Italian.