The Pure Joy of Learning
Do any of you guys get excited with learning a new language? To me, learning a language is not a chore, it's not something I have to do, but it is WHAT I LOVE TO DO!
I don't know what it is but I wake up and i'm excited to hop onto Duolingo or listen to a Spanish or German podcast, or whatever the learning tool may be. I love the beauty of languages, its structures and most of all it's ability to connect to the people around you. That's why I love learning.
What's your reason for embarking on your language journey?
I have wanderlust.
I don't want to go somewhere different and stay in a Marriott/Holiday Inn/other chain and visit McDonald's.
I want to go and stay in a youth hostel or bed breakfast or small privately owned hotel. Or even couch surf. I want to eat in little out-of-the-way "dives" or "holes in the wall".
I want to see big cities, sure, with museums and libraries and concerts. But I also want to see small towns and sit on a bench in the park and soak up the flavor and smell of wherever I am.
I guess I don't want to see a place, I want to experience it, deep down.
That's why I'm learning Spanish and French. Since I live in the USA, those are the two languages that most realistically offer me the opportunity to visit somewhere different without using up all my pennies and vacation time. Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Orient are just too expensive time- and money- wise for me right now. But Mexico and Canada? Oh yeah, they're accessible!
I agree, staying in a Marriott and visiting only McDonald's would not give you a full rounded experience. However, if you go, you really SHOULD visit at least one McDonald's there. They do incorporate their own culture. How many American McDonald's can you buy beer in? You could in a German McDonald's when I was there.) The McDonald's in Brazil was interesting too.
Kind of related: One of the most interesting documentaries I've seen was on McDonald's in China and how the Chinese had to be taught how to use the drive through. They were using the driving through, driving around and parking and then carrying their food into McDonald's.
Those are some great stories, thank you for sharing them!
I went into a McDonald's in NYC recently and they have kiosks where you can order your food and then go to the counter to pick it up. I tried it out but it was asking for some kind of code and I had no clue what code it was asking for, so I bailed. My first kiosk experience was a little like the Chinese drive-thru experience >.<
I considered it! In fact, when I first learned about Esperanto (years before Duo), I started an online course, but I didn't stick to it. I think I'll be doing well to achieve and maintain a B1/B2 in Spanish and French.
If I add a third language, it would be Czech, because I have fallen in love with Prague, and check out where you can go to from Prague by train. Click this link and scroll down: http://www.seat61.com/international-trains/trains-from-Prague.htm#.V5Sa5pMrJYg
"Live in Prague for one year" is on my bucket list :)
To paraphrase what Serena Williams said about tennis training, there are days I don't feel like studying or practicing my languages, but there's never a day I don't want to know these languages. Sometimes it does feel like a chore, I'll admit. I'm mostly an isolated learner and that can be hard when you don't have a lot of other people around to help keep you motivated. But if I didn't enjoy languages I would be doing something else. I could spend the rest of my life just speaking and reading English. How boring, huh?
How beautiful! Simply put: Things that you are dedicated to and passionate about will find a way into your daily routine.
Malika, you have won my heart! I find myself having to FORCE myself to stop because I have other obligations ... feeding the dh, watching the dgd, my traditional and art quilting. If I could just grow four more arms.
Germanic Languages are cool - and German (and Old English) are just begging me to be learnt
Hi there, since this isn't a question about German grammar or vocabulary, could you please edit your original post and change the topic to "Duolingo"? That way more people can participate, plus it won't be "clutter" to people browsing the German forum hoping to find helpful info about German. Thank you!