Multilingual Motivation

 Everyone could use an extra push in starting towards a goal or keeping up with it. Whatever you’re pursuing, it can get difficult, messy, and gosh darn it, near impossible. I fight with this too, from time to time, so in an effort to turn weakness into strength, I’ll share 5 positive quotes, each in a different language over pictures I took. 

  • Spanish- “Para atrás, ni para coger impulso.” Okay, this is actually something that my grandpa always says to me and my brothers regularly. It may have been used a lot in the military as well as for goals in general. It literally means, “Don’t even move backward to gather force to push yourself forward.” Basically, don’t look back.
  • Russian- Literally, “Without torture there is no science.” It’s like “no pain, no gain” in English. 
  • French- “Laissez lire, et laissez danser; ces deux amusements ne feront jamais de mal au monde” This quote, from Voltaire, epitomizes fun. “Let’s read, and let’s dance. These two hobbies will never do the world harm.” 

  • Mandarin Chinese- “有志者,事竟成” you3 zhi4 zhe3, shi4 jing4 cheng2.  A close friend of mine shared this quote with me, and it means “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” 
  • Tagalog- Lahat ng bagay, pinaghihirapan. ‘Di matamis ang tagumpay kapag walang paghihirap na naranasan. “[In] everything, put forth effort. Success isn’t sweet without difficulties encountered.” 

      I hope this helps. Good luck with everything. Ciao! 

      Jaye, the Timid Language Learner 


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