Have you ever tried to learn (or re-learn) a foreign language as an adult? Which one? What worked for you?
Like many people, I took four years of español in high school. I enjoyed it so much that I took a semester of it in college, but didn’t keep it up once I got in to the architecture program and had to focus on design work. I did have two friends from Puerto Rico who would let me translate letters they received from family, for practice though. I have maintained some capability to read the language!
When I lived in Rome, we had to take a crash course in Italian. I was the one always getting scolded in class “no español, Kim!” Hee hee. The languages are similar enough that it was helpful and a hindrance at the same time.
I picked up enough Italian to get by there for eight months, but was never able to read it – I learned it mostly by ear. I can’t recall much of what I learned.
And… that has been the extent of my foreign language use since then (sigh, despite this 2011 gift* we still haven’t used). Except the words I use all the time at home – sí, puta, gracias, grazie, ciao, hola, no me gusta…
Well, xaarlin told me about the (free) Duolingo app (and desktop site, too) that allows you to learn many different languages, so I have been using that for about 26 days with spanish and have been really enjoying it! I feel like the language is easily coming back to me, and I like how it challenges you in many different ways – listening and repeating, translating (both ways), speaking, flash cards, quizzes, and so on. I hope I stick with it!
*After clicking on that link I realized I was asking the exact same question in this post. Oops. I know a lot of my content is not new, for me. But seriously, there is a post I have been thinking about writing and I found that I already wrote it a few years ago. Sigh. At least I am consistent in some of my thoughts?!