HI, I'm Martin
I wonder: does it really work for people? Writing “about me” in few short paragraphs? Are people really that simple?
I don’t think I can do it. I want to write about me honestly, but it must take time. A short introduction is all I can do here, so here are some quick facts about me. And a timeline of events that made me particularly happy or unhappy.
The story of the languages one masters is a story of the live he’s been living.
Here’s a quick overview of my story:
- Polish – that was the language I was taught as a kid. No choice there.
- English – I got that from my friends from USA. They organized in Poland English language camps, to which I owe lots my happiness! I’ve been actively participating in the camps for 15 years, mainly as an interpreter. In over 30 camps I had lots of opportunity to get to know hundreds and thousands of young people, their parents and their daily problems.
- Russian – I got that from my friends in Ukraine. The first time I went there it was to help with the camps over there. I’ve spent only few months in Ukraine, but it’s long enough to get the language. Don’t believe me? Try me.
- Spanish – I’ve been living in Spain for two years. Unfortunately I’ve spent most of my time there working and talking to people in English and Polish. I’ve left after the COVID hysteria, disappointed with Spain and its people. Still, I like Spanish language a lot!
Besides I know bits and pieces of German, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovak and Hebrew. But not enough to mention.
Education is a tricky thing, because it’s not easy to define. Education is not about a school or college. True education is any source of knowledge, skills or mindsets that make you wiser.
Time shows what serves you best as a source of education. Here’s my story:
- Public schools – I’m glad if it did you any good, but in my case it was complete waste of time. The knowledge I got there I would get myself anyways in 1/10 of that time. Apart from mediocre knowledge, it focused on training me to be a passive slave. I didn’t hate my high school, in fact I kind of like it. Time just made realize how useless and in fact harmful it turned out to be.
- State university – What a disappointment! It was worse that the school. I’ve spent a year in the oldest university in Poland studying computer science. To say it was not worth it would be gross understatement.
- Private college – I’ve spent 4 years in 2 private colleges. Wasn’t bad. I’ve learned quite a bit about management, marketing, economy, theory of groups, fundamentals of sociology and law. I’ve studied also computer programming, but it didn’t make much sense. I’ve been working and training myself during that time and it was much more effective.
- Work – Now that’s where I’ve learnt my professional skills in programming, management, broadcasting, communication and many other areas I’m good at. It was practical, it was fast, and it was a challenge.
- Friends – Culture, history, languages, life-management, leadership – you can learn at lot from your friends. Mostly the soft-skills. Do not underestimate them, they are the most valuable. Most of the languages I speak I mastered thanks to my friends.
- Books – Learning from books is like learning from friends – except that most of those friends are dead. In those days videos are also great source of learning from friends, but I still recommend books. They are much more effective. What you can learn in an hour from a video, usually can be read in 5 minutes.