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7 Reasons Why Having Been Born a Foreigner Is One of the Best Things That Ever Happened to You!

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I have a friend who’s made incredible achievements in terms of his professional life and he’s also very comfortable when it comes to his finances, but quite often he would tell me how much more he would have achieved if he’d been born in an English speaking country.

While I can’t deny that there’s a lot of truth to what he’s saying, I can also tell you that being a foreigner isn’t always a handicap – especially if you know what you want to achieve in life!

Here I came up with a list of things that should open your eyes and make you realize how lucky you actually are having been born a foreigner!

1. You’re a multilingual person

If you’re a foreign English speaker, you’re a bilingual person by default, and there’s a very good chance you can speak three or more languages which is clearly an advantage in many life situations.

Personally I speak 3 languages – English, Latvian and Russian, and I know for a fact that a lot of other Europeans speak multiple languages due to specific socio-political reasons.

It might not seem like a big deal to you, but believe me – many native English speakers would give their right arm to be able to speak a foreign language so your foreign language skills are not to be taken for granted!

2. Your life is more exciting!

This one might seem like a really lame reason to be happy about your foreign origins, but the more you think about it, the more sense it will make!

You’re a foreigner English speaker, so you’ve been born in a foreign country, I guess it’s pretty straight-forward. Now, the chances are that at some stage during your life you’ve emigrated from your native country in search of a better life – just like me back in 2002.

Is there anything more to add to it, my friend foreigner? My life in Ireland has been one hell of a journey, and I’m sure you also have a couple of interesting stories to tell about moving abroad and all the related joys and disappointments. Sure enough, our lives haven’t always been easy, but there’s one thing I can say for sure  – they’ve never been boring!

3. Your professionalism is going to be valued even more if your English is up to the standards!

I don’t know what you think in relation to this, but I have a feeling that if you speak with other people in fluent English, it sends out a strong message that you’re a true professional and overall organized person.

You may argue that quite the opposite is actually true and native English speakers will always have the upper hand when it comes to being chosen as the best candidate for a specific job, for example.

There’s a certain degree of truth to it, but it’s only true as far as the foreigner in question falls short of their employer’s expectations in terms of spoken English ability. If you’re a very competent foreign English speaker, the potential employer’s reasoning will go along these lines (or so I believe):

  • This person has done a great job learning proper English.
  • He/she has the relevant skillset for this position.
  • Judging by his/her English, he/she has a strong drive to excel in other professional aspects, so he/she is probably the best person for this position.

Of course, it’s not always the case; however, I have a strong conviction that on many occasions your overall professionalism is going to be judged by your English fluency level and it definitely works to your advantage provided your English comes up to the standards.

4. Being a foreigner adds a certain amount of mysteriousness to you!

You have to admit that being a foreigner is definitely an advantage to actors, for example. Celebrities like Antonio Banderas would have never probably achieved the amount of fame and glory had they not been born foreigners, and I could actually name a whole array of other actors having been propelled into the stardom largely due to their foreign accent and foreign looks.

We’re no celebrities, of course, but you can’t deny that the same concept sometimes applies in ordinary people’s lives as well.

If you’re a foreigner working among locals, for example, you’re almost guaranteed to pique the opposite sex’s interest in you because your foreign background will appeal to them more than their native counterparts.

5. You’re invaluable in tech-related customer support industry

Whenever I check the latest job openings across industries I have experience in, I can see an overwhelming demand for multilingual specialists.

Technical Support and Help Desk operators providing customer support to overseas customers are a vivid example of such jobs, and while it might not be as popular in the States as it is in Europe, I’m pretty sure that such jobs exist pretty much anywhere on the planet!

I don’t doubt that if you’re an experienced native Spanish speaking Tech Support operator, for example, and you speak fluent English on top of it, your prospects of getting a job in the industry are probably even higher that of some native English speaking person’s with an equal skillset but with no language skills.

Throw in the third language – and you become really invaluable!

There was a time when I was on the same team with a Spaniard who spoke fluent English, Portuguese, French, Italian and he’d also started learning Russian. Now, without a shadow of a doubt – it’s almost impossible for that guy to be out of work for his language skills alone, not to mention his experience as a call center operator!

6. Your striving to improve your English improves other aspects of your life

I stand by this claim and you won’t be able to refute it, my friend, no matter how hard you try to! I’ve been working on my own English relentlessly over the years, and I can tell you with all honesty that I definitely wouldn’t have achieved a lot of things in my life if not for the pursuit of English fluency.

By the way, I recently published a blog post called When You Improve Your Spoken English, You Improve Your Entire Life Along With It!, and you may want to check it out in order to see exactly why I’ve drawn this conclusion.

7. Moving to an English speaking country can only raise your life standards

Personally I was born in one of the former USSR republics, and it goes without saying that I was struggling financially right up to the moment I decided to emigrate.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’d rarely held as much money in my hands as when I received my first week’s wages in Ireland, and within a few months my bank account balance had reached a figure I wouldn’t have even dared of dreaming about in my previous life.

It’s just a fact of life that for many of us, foreigners, are born in countries where the average monthly salary is the same as a decent day’s pay in the Western world, so our life standards can ONLY go up if we ever decide to emigrate!

Basically the bottom line is the following:

  • If you decide to remain in your own country, you’ll be in the same position as your fellow native counterparts and you just won’t know any better, simple as!
  • If you decide to emigrate – your life standards will improve, full stop! In other words – IT JUST CAN’T GET ANY WORSE!

Fair enough, a lot of you guys might come from some other countries where life standards are probably even higher than those of the States or the UK – Scandinavian countries, for example, or some rich Arab country. By and large, however, I guess most of us, foreigners come from places where many ordinary people are literally struggling to put food on their table.

So, that’s about it, my friends!

Can you think of another reason why we should be proud foreigners?

Then share it in the comments section below!

Thanks for reading,

Robby

P.S. Would you like to find out why I’m highlighting some of the text in red? Read this article and you’ll learn why it’s so important to learn idiomatic expressions and how it will help you to improve your spoken English!

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  • No problem, stay tuned in for more blog posts and videos coming up on my blog, and don’t forget that we all experience these types of problems. It’s all about how we MANAGE them that makes the difference, and I strongly believe that you’ve got what it takes to become a truly fluent English speaker!

    Chat soon,

    Robby

  • gna

    awesome, gna is abbrevation of ganaa which means steel in mongolian sorry for conufusion and many many thanks 🙂

  • I just recorded a video a response to your comment, you may want to check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt2DcuqoGx4

    Speaking of watching videos and repeating after native speakers – it’s called shadowing and it’s quite an effective method of learning speech patterns. Just make sure to repeat certain bits a good few times so that they stick with you!

    One more thing – I referred to you as a girl in the video because I thought ‘Gna’ is a girl’s name, but now I start having second thoughts about it… So please don’t be offended if it’s not the case! I tried to look up Mongolian names but couldn’t actually find any references to ‘Gna’…

    Cheers,

    Robby

  • gna

    Wow man thanks for your comment that is only dedicated to me i feel quite honoured to be honest, I was about to throw my laptop because i’ve witnessed a korean guy speaking very fleuntly with the native speaker teacher few days ago in my class while i was stuttering in front of my class.You can’t imagine how humuliating it was. So i’ve been around this website for last few days as my fellow struggling english speaker advised me to look up englishharmony on you2be. And the phrase i used edge over in above comment is learnt by one of your videos recently :). Also i need to ask you something. I practice on you2be videos where native speakers are talking and after they said one sentence i would pause the video and try to say it with exactly the same word . How effective do you think it is?
    And ON THE BEHALF OF EVERY FOREIGN SPEAKERS OUT THERE i have to say thanks for all your effort to have done this because only fellow foreign speaker would have to understand the hardships we go through.

  • Many non-native speakers have broaden their horizons whereas lots of native speakers may have a narrow-minded view of the world.

    The more open you are and willing to embrace other cultures and people, the more you’ll enjoy life.

  • Thanks for the comment, and I know exactly how you feel, but I strongly believe it’s not as bad as it may seem at first! I’ve been feeling the same way myself, and over the years I’ve come to realize that most of these issues are of a psychological nature and they can be overcome making you into a truly confident speaker.

    Please refer to the following articles addressing specific points you’ve made throughout your comment:

    Speaking using simple words? It’s not a sure sign of lack of fluency: http://englishharmony.com/vocabulary-problem/

    Sophisticated vocab vs simple words – on most occasions it’s ony a matter of word origin: http://englishharmony.com/vocabulary/

    Don’t compare your English with that of others: http://englishharmony.com/don%E2%80%99t-compare-your-english-with-others/

    And lastly – if you keep telling yourself – I can’t lower my standards, I have to be almost perfect to stack up to native English speakers… Well, guess what? You’ll never be truly fluent.

    If, on the other hand, you STOP COMPARING (refer to the last link I posted above) yourself with others and embrace the fact that your English reflects YOUR life, then you will start seeing the whole thing in a different light.

    It’s all a matter of perspective.

    Personally I know for a fact that I’ll never be JUST like a native speaker, but then again – why would I have to aim for perfection and feel miserable for the rest of my life for not being able to achieve it?

    I’d rather be happy for what I can say, and at the same time I work CONSTANTLY on my spoken English so that I can keep improving the whole time!

    Basically if you don’t lower your standards, you’re setting yourself up for failure, simple as that.

    Lower them, and improve your English within the confines of your limitations, please read this last article where I’m discussing this particular aspects of fluency improvement: http://englishharmony.com/english-fluency-limitations/

    Hope this helps at least a little bit! 😉

    Regards,

    Robby

  • gna

    well english is really getting in many foreigner’s life. And no matter how hard i try i just don’t seem to get fluent although i understand pretty good in both written and spoken english. I think having born in foreign country especially in a country where its culture and social background is completely different (im from Mongolia ,small asian country) is harder than someone born in European country. Because i think somehow some europeon words and english word are similar and have the same root. But vocabulary isn’t the problem for me. The problem is my inability to use those word comfortably. When i speak in english i always end up using simple words even though i have lots of sophisticated word buzzing in my head. But still there’s some mongolian fluent english speaker that works in our local TV, I guess they had somehow been in English speaking country or studied there at some point. Then again native speakers have still edge over foreigners. Because unless you’re genius it’s harder for people like me get fluent. And i just couldn’t afford to lower my standards.