Haroldo Jacobovicz: Brazilian Civil Engineer and entrepreneur

Haroldo Jacobovicz is a Brazilian Civil Engineer and entrepreneur who writes about Portuguese to English translation and interpretation in his blog. One of the exciting things about this story is that Haroldo’s father, a great philosopher, did not speak English when he first came to America. Nowadays, many people are bilingual or even trilingual. It can be a blessing or a curse, depending on how you look at it: Knowing two languages comes with the opportunity to cross international borders in your mind more quickly than if you only possessed one language. We know that traveling enhances our tolerance for new cultures, which has been shown by research studies in other fields (for example, work experiences help us adjust better according to shifting organizational norms) and more

Although Haroldo’s father didn’t learn English as a child, he became fluent enough to work in the field of engineering, which was his passion throughout his life. Haroldo Jacobovicz says on his blog: “Having a second language helps in many ways: to get rid of the perceived divide between native speakers and non-native speakers; to recognize the world view of others; to develop more empathy towards people of other cultures.”

Haroldo Jacobovicz wants everyone to access their second languages easily, and he thinks that we often misinterpret people. He believes that “the perception of what is important in this world hasn’t changed with time. Only the scope has changed from a national perspective to a global one.”

Haroldo’s suggestions include “becoming a translator” as an alternative to becoming a great scholar. He says, “it has its merit. I enjoyed the traditional learning process, but I don’t think it is necessary to pursue higher education to be successful.” Haroldo Jacobovicz believes that one should “work and learn at the same time,” even if you’re not pursuing higher education. It is possible to follow our own goals, which may be shared interests among human beings; being in contact with other people and being curious about life can be an excellent way to learn about the world and become more open-minded.