Here is the first of two articles entitled “Tips on Mastering a Second Language” . If we wade through the socio-linguistic jargon, the message is that you have to want to learn a language in order to learn it. It is, however, not true that you have to give up your own identity or culture to become a part of another language and culture. If that were the case I, and other polyglots, would be in a sad state of multiple schizophrenia. I think if this article could be reduced to a couple of paragraphs it would only gain in clarity.