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I made some minor adjustments (see below). Of course, if you don't like them, feel free to ignore them.
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LETTER OF MOTIVATION
I do not have any formal education in language. I took an accounting degree [when?] and have been working in this field ever since.
However, I grew up hearing and speaking several languages: English, from my mother who took English at university; Dutch, from my grandparents who speak fluent Dutch (as a child, I learned how to count and speak simple sentences in Dutch); and Javanese, naturally because I live in Java.
I first gained knowledge of English by watching television and reading comic books.
When I went to a traditional market I liked using Javanese to be able to bargain more. Living in Indonesia with its many tribes and each tribe with its own vernaculars, I find it amusing to see how people react once they know you can speak even a little bit of their language.
Iím also interested in seeing how language and culture closely affect each other. That is why I am looking to work in an international environment. Even within an accounting division, my tasks often require me to deal with people from different countries.
My first employment was at EF [what is EF?] where, besides accounting experiences, I also learnt a lot about communication from having to deal with teachers from many different countries such as the US, UK and Australia.
My second employment again required me to deal with international suppliers, this time from China and Malaysia. My present employment demands I frequently read communication from India, Hong Kong, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Spain.
All those experiences then enhance not only my social and communication skills but also my attention to foreign languages. Though not directly related to my previous study, my previous roles Ė combined with my interest in language Ė encouraged me to take my studies further.
After some years in accounting, however, I realised that even though I enjoy being an accountant, I also have the great ability to communicate with people. I enjoy analysing people, listening to their problems and then trying to help them find the best solutions.
I like discussion. I take pleasure in finding different ways to state my opinions to assure other peopleís acceptance of some circumstances or ideas.
This aptitude, combined with a deeper study in language, will be a great personal asset. For that reason, I would like to develop my skills in language and communication.
In future, I intend to look for a career in an international field that could fulfil my desire for a challenge, whether in an accounting, communication or linguistic capacity that somehow will enable me to contribute to society, possibly in a non-profit organization or governmental institution.
While English is the first foreign language I speak fluently, my specific interest in the Dutch language grew because Dutch has been a very familiar language for me, even before I started to learn English.
The historical bond between Indonesia and the Netherlands meant the Netherlands was one of the first foreign countries I learnt about at school.
My interest in the Dutch Studies program at Leiden University has much to do with the information I obtain regarding its interdisciplinary program and some good references I acquired from my Dutch course teachers and from families staying in the Netherlands.
With its international orientation, complete curriculum and highly-qualified lecturers, I am assured that this program is the best place to learn about the Netherlands, its language, history and culture.
In the past few years I have gained knowledge and the capability needed to undertake this study. My professional experiences have strengthened my self-discipline, and my maturity makes me reliable and responsible.
My familiarity with the international environment will help me to adapt socially. Iím fond of sports, reading, dancing and singing; which illustrates that Iím a casual person. But then again, I like challenges and I take matters concerning personal achievement most seriously.
I am well aware of the programís heavy workload, especially during the first year, and I am prepared to comply with all the requirements this program has to offer.