Learning Spanish Purely for the Joy of Knowledge
I'm wondering if there's anyone else here learning Spanish simply because they love wisdom and knowledge. I don't have any immediate plans to travel to Spain or Latin America (though it would be nice to do that some day). I'm simply doing it because I love learning/languages and want to pursue as many intellectual endeavors as I can before I die. Thanks for reading.
I am mainly learning for the sake of learning, but I do live in California where there is a lot of Spanish. "Burrito de pollo por favor, con todo pero no cebollas."
I am nearly 50, and have failed to learn French, German, and Polish over the past 40 years. I really think every intelligent person should have at least one other language apart from the one they learned as a child. I can almost read very basic Spanish (after 300 consecutive days practice) and think that my this time next year I might be able to consider planning a holiday in Spain.
The school my daughter will attend teaches Spanish in kindergarten so I figured I would learn it now even she is only a toddler. I'm also saving for a piano so I can learn that and then teach her how to play (music is like another language). I like the idea of learning to pass on the skill. And it's fun!
Don't buy a piano, buy an electronic keyboard, cheap, doesn't need re tuning and have lotsa rhythms built in.
I think you may know the susuki method of learning, if you don't, congratulations you have struck the goldmine of learning.
I'm getting a keyboard, but with the full 88 keys. Thanks for the suggestion about the Susuki method. That sounds very interesting.
Buy a cheap one first and get one with a jack for headphones and sustain pedal.
Since I have cats I have one that closes.
66 key keyboards fit nicely on a lap.
I just reread this and it sounds like I'm being too pushy.
Sorry. You may ❤❤❤❤❤ at me after my wife finishes.
my father has Alzheimer's there have been studies that the best way to delay the onset if to learn a new language so I found duolingo and I'm plugging away a little bit each day :)
Not Spanish cause I am a native speaker but I did learn English for the same reason
Yep! I am pretty much unable to travel but its not stopping me from collecting all those lovely languages. Keep on doing your thing , there is a lot of stuff out there
Same here I guess, I would like to rationalize the excessive amount of time I spend doing this, but end up having to admit to myself I'm just having fun instead of doing something more productive and boring.
I would be better off improving my Finnish, but haven't found any fun way of learning it online.
I'm old, I remember when dirt was invented. I know everything.
Really, just ask me, I know everything. Everything but languages.
So I humbly allowed myself to be a student here.
When asked why, I answered :<pre>
So I could order tapas and flirt with the waitress. So I could tell the kids to get out of my yard. So I could know what's going on the next time Honduras has a revolution.</pre>
But after more than a year here I can tell you I'm here: So I can order tapas and flirt with the waitress. So I can tell the kids to get out of my yard. So I can know what's going on the next time Honduras has a revolution.
As a side benefit, ordering from local restaurants in Spanish will assures me the best service.
I did take up Portuguese just to understand what's being said in a few scenes from Phenomenon - but aside from that, I have no travel plans to either Portugal or Brazil and I don't expect to run into anyone who speak Portuguese in this neck of the woods.
I never studied Spanish in school, but I thought I would enjoy learning it and it has turned out to be a wonderful experience which I plan to pursue in depth just for the fun of it. I suspect there are a lot of people like us out there in the Duo community :-) Good luck with your Spanish studies!
I'm with you . I'm not sure I'll travel to a Spanish speaking country, but I enjoy learning languages. I enjoy the intellectual pursuit. As a child I always wanted to speak several languages. I even had a computer toy to learn and that was back in the 60s. I took Spanish and French in high school, but never became fluent. It's now or never and I'm determine to learn it this time.
I also am "trying" to learn Spanish simply because I also just love to learn something new every day. Also I have visited Mexico a couple of times and would love to speak to the wonderful Mexican people I have met in their own language!