I have a thing for languages. It’s been a romance from a young age. I remember thinking how cool it was that my aunt could speak to people in something that no one else could understand. My biggest motivator for learning French in high school? My sister took Spanish, so naturally I wanted to be able to speak to my aunt in French without her being able to understand.
Of course, my path to languages started with Spanish at about age 11. I was a good student, always did well on my tests…but to this day I’m not convinced I actually picked up anything until much later…like a few years ago…when I actually had to USE my knowledge, instead of just pass a few tests. Spanish came relatively easy for me, and then I decided to take on French when I got to High School, which I followed quickly with Italian a year or two later. This language learning streak I was on got me the “Foreign Language Award” my senior year and gave me the lifelong goal of mastering all the Romance languages.
I always loved languages. Even now that I have long since forgotten my Italian, but finally feel confident enough to claim “fluency” in Spanish. I have dabbled in Portuguese and German as well, and still hope to master German in a few years time, but I’m afraid my goals are too lofty. I want to learn any number of languages, and speak them with as much ease as I do Spanish: French, Portuguese, German, Serbian (for personal reasons.)
Can adults really master new languages? I hear it’s possible, I can hope for the best, but I wonder if I am truly capable of learning all of these languages over the next few years…err – decades. Guess we all have to start making dents in our bucket list sooner or later!
Any words of wisdom or helpful experiences to motivate me welcome!