"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow."
~ Anthony J. D'Angelo
Like many Americans, I did not have a viable opportunity to learn another language in my formative years. I opted out of Spanish in High School, thinking I would rather learn French. I took French in college, the first time around, but when life derailed my college education, learning another language was set aside for later years. Self study options were limited at that time.
I briefly took a community education course with my mother-in-law; again in French. I was able to put that study to a very brief use as I traveled through New Brunswick and Quebec provinces in the late 1980s.
In my mid forties, the chance to resume my much belated college career arose. In addition to pursuing my degree, I was thrilled to have another opportunity to learn a second language. This time around, I chose Spanish, believing it to be practical to my anticipated role as an elementary teacher. To my delight, I found Spanish to be a fluid and musical language that I took pleasure in learning and speaking. I maintained that interest through three requisite college semesters.
Since achieving my degree, I have continued to study Spanish, but these days, I engage in daily practice through the website and app known as Duolingo. I have only rare opportunities to speak Spanish in person and find that I am a little shy in speaking it with a native speaker, but I understand it in spoken and written form fairly well. Duolingo is a fun way to learn and offers instant feedback, which I appreciate. When I feel confident enough with Spanish, I plan to tackle another language. There are so many options from which to choose!
What about you? Are bilingual or multilingual? Are you a lifelong learner? If so, come visit this my Quiet Country House each Monday for the next several weeks as I review a few other opportunities for continuing to learn through all stages of life!
Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you curiosity and delight!
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