Language Boat is a blog about language learning in natural environments. Here you will find my personal narrative about my own language learning experiences, in addition to tips, ideas, technical stuff like grammar, pronunciation, etc., cultural observations, and language resources.
Language learning is central to who I am and what I do in my life. I lived in Mexico from 1997-2001 and learned Spanish while living there. I am now living in Taiwan learning Mandarin Chinese.
I love learning languages for a variety of reasons. I enjoy the brain work and challenge of language. It’s like solving a riddle or cracking a code. I also love gaining first hand access to other cultures and people and expanding my worldview and understanding of the human experience. Learning languages also offers new ways to think and express myself, and I love that part too.
Other things I love include, but are not limited to: art (I paint), flying (I’m learning), hiking, yoga, and fashion. I was born and raised in a California beach town, and my first language is English.
My intention for Language Boat is to create an archive of my language learning story, to chart my progress, share my discoveries, and have a place to geek-out on technical stuff like grammar. In addition, I hope to bring value to other language learners and together create a community that shares and learns together.