I've studied a bit of Japanese a while back. I really didn't know much about languages and language learning (rather, how to actually teach
myself a language), so it ended up a somewhat failed endeavor. I've started again casually a couple months ago. I'd say I'm pretty good with basic grammar and pronunciation, but I have barely any vocabulary. It's not my main focus right now, though, so I don't really care about my level.
I'm semi-fluent in French; a solid B1-B2. I can participate in a conversation with some previous context. I'm not quite at the level where I can speak completely spontaneously or listen without putting in effort, but I'm inching closer and closer. I'm thinking of going to either France or Quebec sometime soon for a month or two to break that hurdle and advance to late B2/C1.
I'm not really sure what to tackle next. Maybe Spanish? It'd be pretty helpful here in the US and I'd have plenty of opportunities to practice it, but I don't know. I kind of want to study something other than a romance language. I'm interested in Japanese, but flights to Japan are expensive, the culture is quite xenophobic according to others, and I'd have limited use for it other than consuming Japanese media. I find German, Dutch, and Swedish pretty interesting given their germanic relations to English! Dutch interests me quite a bit as it's the closest majority language to English, and the grammar isn't too different.
|In Spanish, though, I’m fluent. My only lack is that I didn’t grow up speaking it from infancy, so there are still a lot of things that aren’t part of my cultural vocabulary. |
Can us tell me more about your journey to fluency? When did you start? What were your biggest hurdles? How did you cross the intermediate
barrier? Did you partake on any immersion trips?
|Right now I’m studying Irish (Gaelic), which is the language of my ancestry. Beautiful language. Very different than most others. Modern Gaelic has a lot of English mixed in, though. For example, “chicken” is sicín, which is pronounced very much like the English. Definitely a loan word.|
Yes, Celtic languages are quite interesting in their own right. I eventually want to learn one of them. It's a shame they're somewhat endangered.
Interesting username. I've always wondered what it meant and how you thought it up. Neat!
|Grey Wolf wrote:|
|I have enough trouble with English...|
Bah, you're no fun ;-)
Seriously though, try language learning out, you might like it! Keeps your mind sharp!
Thank you for your responses!