Hi there, my name is Raffaele Terracciano but you can call me Rafter. Rafter’s Languages is the place where I talk about the languages I have learned, those that I will learn, and the method I use.

For me, languages are a way to travel and discover the world.

With languages I can learn about other cultures from a privileged point of view.

My passions started as I was a little kid: the first book I read was “Around the World in 80 Days” by Jules Verne. And one of the best gifts I ever received from my parents was an electronic translator in 5 languages.

Around the world in 80 days Fanfare Translator

As soon as I could, I started traveling, following my father in his trips around Europe. I discovered the beauty of learning about different places and cultures, and the importance of speaking languages.

I’ve always lived not far from the airport, and sometimes instead of going to school I would go there to buy foreign magazines, and practice my English.

I spent hours daydreaming, watching the planes landing and taking off.  

After high school I decided to study a foreign language every year, and when I graduated, I could speak Spanish, Portuguese, French and a little German. But above all, I had developed my own method to learn languages.

The importance of using the right method

Many people fail to learn a language because they do not use the right method. In my opinion, you have to study even just a few minutes but every day, and you don’t have to lose your mind trying to learn vocabulary, grammar or conjugations by heart: learning a language should not be boring. Instead, you have to learn by doing the things that you like to do!

With the right method, everyone can learn a language quickly and easily. It can even be fun! If you like travelling, you can read articles about travelling! If you do so, learning will be interesting for you. Of course, motivation and time that you spend learning a language are also very important

For example, after college, I started my professional career, and I didn’t have all the free time I had before.

But then, I realized that having little time was just an excuse, and I started improving the languages that I had learned and learning new ones, such as Catalan, Dutch, Greek and Japanese.

How many languages do you speak?

When people ask me if I speak a certain language, I like to only give three possible answers:

  • “Yes, I do”
  • “Just a little bit..”
  • “Not yet”

“No” is not a valid answer.

And I do the same with travels: 

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list (Susan Sontag)

But when can you say that you can speak a language? Maybe when you can order coffee? Or maybe when you can have a conversation with a native speaker? Maybe when you can understand what they say on TV?

Or maybe you don’t have to ask yourself too many questions, and instead you should just relax and enjoy the ride…

But how many languages do I speak? I don’t really like to answer this question… so, to make things extra-clear, I have decided to show you my self-assessed levels, in all of my languages, in the following infographic:

My languages

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