Published on July 27th, 2015
A worker from The Voice of the Martyrs’-USA International Ministries Department shared his thoughts about learning other languages. The worker grew up speaking Dutch in Holland. He visits Arabic-speaking countries in his work for VOM. Read below what he said.
I think anyone should learn a second language, but especially if you feel like God is leading you to a certain group who speak a different language.
Children have a great advantage of still being teachable far better than people who are older. It’s just so much easier to start when you’re young. My kids speak English but know some Spanish and Dutch as well.
Some learn [another language] best with a book; others through classes or audio CDs. But I think what is best is to move to where they speak the language and stop speaking in your own language. This is why I speak English.
I’m slowly learning Arabic. It just helps to learn the language of the people you serve. If a missionary from Holland came to the U.S. and always worked through a translator without learning to speak English, I think you would agree with me, that would not be a good idea.
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Learn Some Arabic Words
|English||How to Say It in Arabic
(Pronunciations are approximate.)
|Praise the Lord.||MAHG-duh lah rahp.|
|Jesus saves.||Yah-SOO-uh yoo KHAH-liss|
|Jesus loves you.||Yah-SOO-uh yoh HEH-back|
|Do you know Jesus?||Hahl-tah-reef Yah-SOO-uh|
|My name is _____.||IS-mih _____.|
Try to have a conversation with someone using the Arabic words above.