Are you planning a trip somewhere and are wondering where to start with your language-learning ventures? Are you also wondering what would be the easiest language to learn, commonly used worldwide?
In truth, this simple language can be learned anywhere even without the leisure of travel. Traveling just accelerates the process to mastery of the language. The two steps outlined in this article will jumpstart your adventure in learning the easiest language known to humankind.
Step 1: Sound Less Pretentious. Stop Using Sarcasm
According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, sarcasm is defined as:
a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain
An additional credible source — Urban Dictionary — describes sarcasm as the following:
the bastard stepchild of irony
Your body’s natural defense against stupid.
Using the information above, one may notice the nuance in meaning between the two definitions. Merriam-Webster being Merriam-Webster is quite straightforward and neutral with its definitions and examples. While on the other hand, Urban Dictionary — being Merriam-Webster’s clown of a brother — is unfiltered, opinionated, and at times charmingly refreshing with a dose of comic relief.
With that being said, there shouldn’t be any problem with sarcasm. After all, it’s witty when executed well.
But the fact of the matter is that it is a problem — a problem that creates divisions and widens the gap between social classes.
According to Richard Chin in the online Smithsonian magazine,
Some language experts suggest sarcasm is used as a sort of gentler insult, a way to tone down criticism with indirectness and humor…
But others researchers have found that the mocking, smug, superior nature of sarcasm is perceived as more hurtful than a plain-spoken criticism. The Greek root for sarcasm, sarkazein, means to tear flesh like dogs.
According to Haiman, dog-eat-dog sarcastic commentary is just part of our quest to be cool. “You’re distancing yourself, you’re making yourself superior,” Haiman says. “If you’re sincere all the time, you seem naive.”
Now we can’t all put the brakes in how we talk nor does it mean we need to live life with a filter. What we do need to grow to understand is that when we use sarcasm in excess, we can come across as pretentious and downright condescending. Of course, this is never the intention. But intention and reality are two different modes of living. Addressing reality in a sincere, kind, and respectful way must be part of our intention. Both modes of living must intersect.
A Story I Promise Relates Back to Step 1
Step 2: Speak Sincerely. Speak Simply.
The fact that my brother said, “I like traffic” astounded me. It was so simple.There just had to be an inkling of sarcasm. I personally thought he was being sarcastic. When I realized he actually was being honest with me, my heart opened up a little. I didn’t feel the need to create a witty response toward an assumed sarcastic jab. I felt free to speak freely about the topic . The need to impress with words was lifted off of my shoulders.
Without the need to be witty or sarcastic, I was able to speak simply and from the heart.
If we all spoke simply about our intentions, we would avoid miscommunication.
We often misjudge people, question their intentions because we are unsure if they are being honest with us. While using sarcasm can be funny, it is a play on words . Dishonesty.There is nothing wrong with mutually joking and using sarcasm with close friends. But this is a different social setting where shoot — go ahead and rock on with your bad sarcastic self. Your true friends know you and won’t judge.
However, the language of simplicity is what truly brings depth to relationships . It bridges the gap between the poor, rich, and those in between across all nations. This language of simplicity should be the language we speak to everyone if we want to reach a deeper level. It is easy to master and takes as much time to learn as any language on earth. Mastery, however, only happens with an open heart.
Instead of using the language of sarcasm and rococo vernacular(look up recoco words to sound pretentious here) to navigate your way through life and interact with people, use the language that connects individuals together. Rather than using words to jab at people and create hidden pinpricks and wounds, use language to build bridges.
To answer the question:
What is the easiest language to learn that is commonly used worldwide?
The language is simple. It’s love.
The Ordinary Love Story
Chin, R. (2011, November). The science of sarcasm? yeah, right. Smithsonian. Retrieved from http://smithsonianmag.com