Jump into the Pool!

cliff_diver_quebradaAs part of the Diskuto team, I have the opportunity to encourage participants (Diskutizens) to speak new languages. It’s a special and rewarding role. Whether the person has been studying French in school but not had an outlet to use the French until Diskuto’s French Corner; or, sometimes, someone who has parents that speak Cantonese has the confidence to try some Mandarin at Mandarin corner: all these experiences are awesome and unique.

As a Diskuto event leader I’m responsible for challenging others in a fun way; I challenge people to make that first utterance in a new language. Diskuto events, to use an analogy, are sort of like supervised swimming for people that want to gain confidence in the water. People know that learning to swim will allow them to do something completely new, fun and exciting. Some people prefer to wade slowly in the shallow end and some people try to jump into the deep end wearing a life jacket. And when the event is over, everyone gets a little better at swimming (speaking the language).

When I see the efforts that that Diskutizens make at Diskuto events I’m inspired to dive deeper into languages and to learn more languages. Put away your flashcards, dictionaries, and translators and come jump into a Diskuto event.


Brendan is working on his French, Spanish and Mandarin. He is from Toronto. Brendan has a Masters Degree from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. Brendan is confident that learning new languages gives people new insights into different cultures. Email him at brendan@diskuto.ca.

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