“What’s that strange sound?”
“It sounds like…”
“Could it be…?”
“Yes, it is — an American accent!”
Not many Americans in Prague these days.
The city used to be full of them, or rather, full of us. 550,000 visited in 2019.
But not these days. Americans are not allowed into most European countries. Nor the Brazilians, nor the Tanzanians, nor the Mongolians.
In fact, these days, the streets are empty except for the locals.
But I’m an exception.
I have something that the other 328 million Americans don’t…
Behind A Closed Door
In October I returned to a very closed Euorpe.
In December I went home for Christmas.
And two weeks ago I came back.
And not much has changed — with just a few exceptions like Serbia and Sweden, it’s still a very closed continent.
So how did I get back in when the sign at the border clearly says, “No foreigners allowed”?
Easy — I have a piece of plastic in my wallet that says I’m a permanent resident. And permanent residents, like citizens, are allowed to come and go.
I didn’t think this piece of plastic was very special before, but now it’s like magic.
It’s like a magic key that opens doors.
Without this key, the door to Prague is closed.
With this key, it’s wide open.
Isn’t it the same with English?
Isn’t English a magic key?
The Real English
Phrasal verbs… the past perfect… irregular verbs…
Is this English?
Is this my mother tongue?
Is this why the world loves Shakespeare, Sinatra and The Simpsons?
And is this what 1.5 billion students around the world work so hard to master?
Or is it something else?
I say it is.
I say, just like the residency permit in my wallet, English is a key that opens invisible doors.
Without English, you see the door, but it’s closed. You watch other people open the door and they seem more successful, happier, more confident….
With English, you walk up to the door, open it, and inside is a bigger, better world waiting for you…
“Oh, you’re an English speakers! Come in! Come in! Let me take your coat. Now, what would you like? A better job? A higher salary? More respect from your colleagues? Would you like to work abroad? Travel abroad? Study abroad? Would you like to help your children? Would you like to help the world? Would you like to be the hero in your family? It’s your choice. You just have to choose…”
Last night during my weekly poker game, my friend Jakub told me about when he got his magic key.
“I could start my own business selling to tourists. I have friends from around the world. I can travel. And I have access to more information, so whatever I wanted to learn, whatever problem I need to solve, the information is now available to me.”
Share Your Story About Your Magic Key
What about you?
When you have your magic key, what will you do? Where will you go? What or who will be in your life that’s not in your life now?
Or maybe you already have your magic key…?
If yes, then how is your life better now? What can you do now that you couldn’t do before?
What have you done? Where have you gone? Who have you met? What do you have?
Tell me! I want to know!
And the other Vitamin V readers want to know!
Share your story in the comment secttion below, start a conversation, and let’s build our motivation!
(Because who can get excited about irregular verbs? Zzzzz…..)