On Languages, Spanish and Romanian.

Two blog posts in a row.  Truly, the end times are upon us.  

I think it would be beneficial if I had a slight introduction to each part of the blog.  This part of the website is more for discussion of different human languages, and to update you on my progress in any of the languages I'm studying right now. 

Languages Studied:

  • Three years of formal education in Spanish
  • One year of formal education in Italian
  • One year of formal education in Latin
  • One year of formal education in French
  • Self-studied/taught: Romanian and Arabic

Currently, I'm using an app called Duolingo  to make sure I take at least one lesson in Romanian and one lesson in Spanish a day.  Spanish is just practical, and I find myself using it more and more often since moving to Texas.  It's easy as well; if you're looking to try and learn a second language you could do worse than studying Spanish.  Spanish is practical.

The Romanian is a little more personal, however.  I can trace my Dad's family back to that area of Eastern Europe.  The Carpathians, hardy mountain folk, etc.  I'm supposed to be studying it with my sister, but I think she may have bailed.  In the future, I'd like my spouse and I to be able to talk to each other in a second language in case of emergencies.  

How To Start Studying Languages:

Literally, download the app I specified above, Duolingo.  If you're reading this, I'm assuming English is your first or second language.  Take time to take two lessons a day.  It's completely free unless you want to go ad-free entirely, but even the ads aren't that intrusive.  They pop up at the end of each lesson.   Practice every day.  If you have any friends who speak the language you're trying to learn, ask them for clarification.  It's almost always better to ask someone else about languages instead of Google, at least when it comes to pronunciation and inflection.  It only takes 10 minutes a day.  There are worse things to do with ten minutes.

 

Please note, I am in no way affiliated with Duolingo, I just really enjoy their app.