The International Association
Jesus Estevez Arenas
Name: Jesús Estévez Arenas
Nationality or Ethnicity: Spanish
Where do you live?: New York City, NY, U.S.A.
English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
1. What’s your story? How did you get into all these languages?
Well af first, me and the rest of the people realised I had a special hearing gift and I found extremely easy to learn English and it gave me a lot of satisfaction. I started one degree in college but, in Spain, the new degree Translation and Interpreting was created, I immediately changed and there I studied two more languages. I have also lived and worked in many countries.
2. Which language(s) do you wish you could spend more time practising?
I guess all because you know how hard it is to keep them up at the same level. Always, at some point, there are some that are stronger and others that become more rusty whilst you once spoke them so well.
3. What are some languages you’d like to learn in the future?
I would like to learn Russian and Chinese.
4. So let’s be honest, what’s the sexiest language?
Spanish, hahahaha. No, really, for me it’s Italian. I always wonder why this international consensus that French is.
5. What’s the greatest pleasure you get from speaking so many languages?
Oh, a lot. The fact of learning new sounds, cultures (by means of learning the language) and being aware that you can speak to more people in their mother tongue and, lets be honest, you know people are also impressed when they know that you speak many languages 😊.
6. Some people say the world is really just going to have a few languages left in a 100 years, do you think this is really true?
First, you would have to specify how many you mean by “a few”. In any case, in a 100 years, no, not only I don’t believe it, I would almost assure that won’t happen. Maybe in a 1.000 years? Assuming we humans don’t destroy our own species and the planet on which we live.
7. What is your message to young (and not so young) people out there who are interested in studying multiple languages?
Learning languages is cool, it’s funny, it’s easy if you know how to. You can learn them by doing things you like (for instance, listening to music, watching movies, etc.). To elderly people: lifelong learning! Whatever you do to exercise your mind will keep your brain healthier and prevent senile dementia.