Language Learning – Beginnings

My first introduction to learning Spanish was in eighth grade, in public school in New York. Following that I had two years of Spanish in high school. I never progressed very far in the language, and never followed up with it. I graduated high school in 1989.

Last year (2017) I became interested in language learning. Thinking about various languages, I decided I would revisit Spanish partially because I already had a background in it – however slight – but also because I am in love with the language, and quite fond of Latin American culture, people, food, art, music, and literature. That said, other things kept getting in the way and I didn’t pursue my interest. That changed this year (2018).

I’m not necessarily interested in becoming a polyglot (though Hindi would likely be my third language if I ever did anything beyond Spanish. I am also interested in Tibetan, Russian, Hebrew, Sanskrit, and Greek. But if I’m honest with myself, I don’t think I could acquire much proficiency from such a long list, no matter how attractive those languages seem to me.).  I admire those who study multiple languages. Personally, I’m not sure I could do it with any skill beyond dabbling.  My interest is more geared towards becoming proficient in Spanish to at least a B2, “upper intermediate” level (based on the CEFR descriptions. See below for B2). After that I can decide if I will be able to add a third language while still maintaining (and advancing) my second.

  • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization.
  • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options

I have created this blog to track my learning process. If anything I write here is also helpful to others, that would be an added bonus.

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