Unfortunately I’m not fluent in all of these languages, but I have studied them all to various degrees.
- English- Pre-installed as my native language, I didn’t really study it to acquire it. Although I did have English class throughout my school years.
- French- I took two years in high school and had high hopes I would become fluent. I never really learned to communicate in French. Very disappointing.
- Spanish- I lived in Mexico for five years. I took a six week course there, and after I just learned on my own. I have been fluent in Spanish for more than a decade.
- American Sign Language- I took a college course and LOVED it, but I didn’t have any signing friends and never found my way into the deaf community, so I lost what I had learned. I still think it is a beautiful language and would jump at the chance to revive my learning.
- Sanskrit- I took a course in Sanskrit while studying Ayruveda. The main goal was writing, pronunciation and basic vocabulary.
- Cantonese- I bought an audio program to learn Cantonese, but I didn’t get very far with it. I never practiced with native speakers, and I’ve forgotten the bits that I did learn.
- Thai- A friend introduced me to Pimsleur by giving me a copy of Pimsleur Thai. I achieved the same results as with Cantonese.
- Mandarin Chinese- This is my primary target language at the moment. I began learning it on my own a couple of years ago, and then decided to move to Taiwan. I have a tutor here and I also continue to learn through immersion. I still have a long way to go before I reach fluency.
- Italian- My mom’s family is Italian and so I grew up hearing the older generation speak Italian, and in my immediate family we sprinkled Italian words throughout our conversations. But I didn’t really pursue learning Italian until just a few years ago. My listening comprehension and pronunciation is pretty good, but I’m still far from fluent. This is currently my secondary target language.
- Tagalog- This is my newest language that I’ve just started to dabble in over the past few weeks or so. I’m not sure to what extent my Tagalog will develop, but I’m thoroughly enjoying this beginner exploratory phase.
Did anything in this list surprise your or seem unexpected? What languages have you studied? Do you have any overlap with my list? What languages are you studying right now?
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