“Solely in the world of languages is the amateur of value. Well-intentioned sentences full of mistakes can still build bridges between people,” wrote Kato Lomb in her 1970 book Polyglot: How I Learn Languages. Lomb was one of the most renowned polyglots and interpreters throughout history, and throughout much of her career she sought to understand the brain of the polyglot.

On a whim, the human race is subjected to external forces and situations. Emotional intelligence fails to intervene when it is most needed—worry and fear are unavoidable in the majority of us. Do the tiny little voices in your head frequently overwhelm and discourage you? Do you feel compelled to believe and succumb to those voices that tell you, “This is impossible” or “You should give up”? These voices are often louder when you’re stuck in a rut and don’t know what to do, or when you’re basking in the warmth of silence. 

e of 12, one does not believe that anything can shake them. One thinks themselves untouchable because they’re just at the precipice of becoming a true teenager. Being at the edge of 13 and being so close to entering junior high makes one feel like they’re on top of the world, being able to do what they want, how they want it, and barely having to answer any questions –– unless mom or dad or a guardian has something to say about it.