Guys i'm curious :)
Two questions 1) what's the farthest you've ever been from where you live? 2) Have you ever been to a country where they spoke the language you're learning and if so, did it influence you to learn it?
My answers are yes: I went to france 7 years ago, which is the farthest i've been. I've been taking up classes in school ever since because my mom says "just in case we go back and we need a translater" (lol i don't think that's going to happen).
the furthest I've been is China, which was awesome! France is not very far for me as I'm from the UK, I used to live there and the difference that made to my french in the 11 months i was living there was incredible, i went from conversational to completely fluent. I'm now back living in the UK but I have a French boyfriend so I spend a lot of time in Marseille and Paris :)
Toronto or New York. I'm not sure which is furthest. American Sign Language (ASL) and Spanish are spoken by people in both. I had a seizure in Canada. But, my traveling companions didn't speak ASL. So, I didn't use either of those languages there.
I don't do a bunch of traveling in general. That was mostly a special one time thing. So, travel doesn't factor into my wanting to learn languages. :)
Thanks! I am a hearing person. But, when I have a seizure, I lose my ability to speak languages that require me to use my voice. But, I can still use ASL for minimal communication. Somehow, my seizures interrupt the neural pathways needed to get everything lined up to vibrate my vocal cords, coordinate my tongue, shape my lips, and move my jaw (and whatever else verbal languages require of the body.) While my NMS (non-manual signals) suffer during seizures, I can still do basic hand signing to communicate.
I went to Italy during the summer and that's why it's my strongest language. The farthest east I've ever been was in the Czech Republic when I was 6 or 7 years old. :)