Learning Spanish Has Helped Me To Embrace Change
I didn't realize how learning a new language can impact other areas of your life until I started on this path.
What I used to see as a disadvantage (living in Miami) has now turned into an advantage. I live in the best city to learn my target language.
This was revealed to me yesterday while I drove past the billboards in Spanish.
I was bored with my previous radio stations, so I decided to switch all of my radio stations to Spanish. Yep, five of the stations are now set to my target language. The sixth station is in English, yet that's a station that features old-school Hip Hop, so I mostly listen to Spanish radio stations now.
Never thought I'd be willing to do that, there I was - jammin' to Bad Bunny, Ozuna and Maluma while stuck in Friday traffic. It's amazing how a little change can affect so much.
Have you noticed any beneficial changes in yourself since learning your target language(s)?
Well this is ironic, i vacationed in south beach this past winter (I'm from ohio) and experiencing the rich mixture of culture and language is what sparked my interest in learning Spanish. Your winters are like our summers.
Beneficial change...yes I think my overall mood has improved. I look forward to visiting Miami again next February and I can't wait to talk to people, order food, etc. Its really given me something to look forward to and be hopeful for.
How interesting, George! That's cool that a visit to a city encouraged your interest in one of your current target languages. Yes, it's pretty much Summer year round here. Heh heh.
Yes, an improvement in mood. I'm glad you shared that because I thought it was just me. I'm feeling better these days now that I'm learning this new language. It feels as if my sense of self has increased.
I look forward to reading about your next visit and how you use what you learned.
"Sense of self"...interesting choice of words...people sometimes ask me, why would you want to learn Spanish....some disdainfully, which I truly don't understand. ...I explain to them by asking them, why do some people enjoy doing crossword puzzles, or sudoku...for me the satisfaction is the same. Spanish is like a gargantuan puzzle, and I enjoy chipping away at learning it. I feel like I'm enriching myself, "arming" myself so to speak. Not only do I feel my sense of self and self worth has increased, but I've found learning Spanish has increased (or maybe better to say reinforced) my understanding of all humans. We're all the same. The emotions, the needs, the fears, the desires.....all the same... no matter the words we use to express them. (nor skin color, nor religion....but I digress...)
P.S. I'm also a huge hip hop fan. I'll never forget, as a child in the 1980s, my cousin playing a tape for me, a new type of music to me, by some guy calling himself LL Cool J.
Yes, you are enriching yourself by learning a new language. Yep! I'm noticing that as well in regards to our similarities. As people, we all have similar desires - we simply express ourselves differently.
Yes, LL Cool J is definitely old-school hip hop :)
Yo tengo un regalo para ti mi amiga...
Go to YouTube and search for this...I'm listening to it right now....
Sucker MCs Run DMC Madmark Remix
My musical heart loves New York
Sorry I had to delete some things I said last night. Sometimes, when it's late, i get carried away and get too loose with my words.
Yep, I can see how that's possible. New York sounds are easy to love. Yes, I understand that, George.
"I don't seek anything but your respect....I don't want/seek /desire....anything from anyone here except their respect. ..accept me as a human ...."
Me sorprende que nadie comprenda porqué aprendes español. Soy de España y no despreciamos a ningun idioma. Al contrario. Me entristece y sorprende. ¿Es que los españoles estamos mal vistos?
In this country we speak English. No one needs to speak any other language. Why, all the people in Span and Latin America should speak English. And if I ever to anywhere else, I'm speaking English.
Actually, I'm thinking real hard about going to Buenas Aires to experience the Argentine Tango culture and will feel much more comfortable if I can speak the language.
I also have a friend that wants help with religious education for Latinos and a lot of the people we want to make welcome don't speak English.
Similar to my situation in Chicago. I will walk to the train and pick up the free Spanish newspapers (Hoy is a popular one). While I should do this more often, I will sometimes turn on the television to a Spanish-speaking channel and just leave it on in the background.
Also, when I worked at the museum here, I enjoyed trying to practice my French with tourists, which was so scary at first that I forgot how to just say "how are you," but now I'm not as nervous anymore.
That's cool. You sparked a new idea. I didn't consider searching for free Spanish newspapers here. Yep, I did that earlier today, though I did it with a Spotify playlist. It was Spanish music for at least 2 hours.
That's great that you were able to overcome your fear in communicating with others in your target language.
I'm working on that. Yesterday, I almost bumped into someone in a store and while she said, "I'm sorry." I said, "Perdon." Heh heh. I said it kind of low though so I doubt she heard me.
Hmm... I'm not sure about "beneficial", but some things have changed even in our daily life (my wife and I share the same experience:)) :
- Today we realize how often there are people around speaking Spanish, we listen and understand a lot... In the past we just thought "Oh, those people are speaking something different, sounds like Spanish".
- It was a nice feeling to help someone in a supermarket in Berlin to find some products, the staff didn't understand her well ;)
- While we were enjoying the sun at the hotel beach as usual some people were walking around, offering like sailing or snorkeling trips. Because there are a lot of people from U.S. and Canada they start to talk in English. I answered like I do often: "¡Buenas tardes! ¿Podemos hablar en Español?". We saw the boy smiling, then we started to talk about what we had done already, where we would like to go to during this vacation and and and... the conversation was about half an hour, at the end the boy asked for some german words too ;) He was not able to sell a trip to us, however he didn't seem to be unlucky about the situation, maybe he felt he had met some people interested in the language, the country and it's people.
Finally I see you found Reggaeton, I like it too. To be honest I also like watching it - it's some additional motivation to try to understand the girls (just a few: Becky G, Karol G, Thalia, Shakira). Of course I also like Maluma, Gente De Zona, Nicky Jam and many more. Best thing of all: The artists are coming from very different locations, so it's not only ONE Spanish :)
Thank you for sharing what you've experienced on your language learning journey.
I'd consider what you've experienced a beneficial change because your perspective or perception has changed. You are now more aware of others that where always there, yet since you didn't know the language, there was a previous disconnect. I think it's a great shift.
Yes, I thought I didn't like Reggaeton before,yet I actually do. :) Yes, the artists are from different locations so it makes it more interesting for me.
Heck yeah, it has. I've been discovering a lot of very cool programs on Netflix and learned quite a lot of history that I probably wouldn't have learned had I not taken on language learning. I've been interacting with people in my learned languages and have a growing desire to get out of the country and explore the rest of the world.
That's great! Language learning has encouraged you to become more interested in exploring the world around you. Thank you for sharing this.
What you shared reminds me of how language learning is shifting my perception regarding friendships and dating. It's amazing how it shifts our perceptions.
Hola, necesitas ayuda? Puédemis ayudar tu(todo el estudiantes en doulingo)
Muchas gracias.Yo estoy solo en un nivel bajo. Aún con bastantes dificultades. Pero avanzo poco a poco. Yo también ofrezco mi ayuda a los que aprenden español.
creo que USA es importante hablar espeñol, de hecho, es el segundo idioma mas hablado alli