*these sentiments will be a little vague, so as not to target any specific country or gov’t, and to protect me as a writer* I’m often interested in learning a new language based on a friendship I’ve made, or upcoming travels. I like to travel to places based on the general people, the sights to see, the food to eat, the music/movies/books, etc that come … Continue reading When you don’t agree with the views/behaviors of the country for a language you’re learning
Salut à tous! Hae hae! I realized I haven’t done a Month in Review post in a while! I feel like June came up on me fast, like I hadn’t realized that May was over already. It doesn’t feel like June has gone by too quickly, but I know it has been a busy month for me. Sometimes when a week or a month is … Continue reading Month in Review- June 2022
No one has to create *new* goals at the beginning of each year…but I do like to take the time to do some reflection. It reminds me about what I’m aiming for, and realigns my practices to take me where I want to go. Language goals for 2022 French: I want to get back on track with my monthly book & film goal. In 2019, … Continue reading Language goals 2022
Long story short- I started French in middle school (at age 12) as my language elective, took AP French in high school, and became truly passionate about French in college after taking my first class there. I studied abroad in France twice, went to graduate school for a Master’s in Literary Translation (French into English), and worked as a French translator for a short time. … Continue reading Life update with the French language
I’ve been independently studying (whether languages, or different topics I’ve been into) for the past 7-10 years! Depends on what you count…while I was in school, obviously I had more in-classroom support, due dates and deadlines to keep me accountable, and certain class-provided resources which helped with my self-studies on the side. After I graduated from my Master’s program in 2014, I was mainly studying … Continue reading Study tips for the self-studier
When I first start learning a language, I often feel like a baby. I remember when I first studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence, and I was playing at the pool with my French friend’s 7-year-old daughter. I could interact with her just fine! My French went through different phases- having started learning it in middle school classes and learning as a teen, my learning process was … Continue reading Growing your baby language skills to the adult comedian you are in real life
Considering the state of the world, I’m not sure when I’ll travel internationally again. Of course I think I will eventually travel again, but right now it doesn’t feel safe and I think it would be insensitive for me to be a tourist in another country. Especially if I were vaccinated, and that country was still releasing vaccines to the locals. In the past, I … Continue reading If I’m not sure when I’ll travel abroad again, why do I learn languages?
The Reykjavik Grapevine is a great online & physical newspaper about life in Reykjavik! Mainly in English (I’d like to read more in Icelandic, but I’m not at the level of reading the newspaper yet haha), but there is lots of cultural & current events information to read about. They have also been reporting on the recent volcano that has erupted & fissured in the … Continue reading Language Links 3
People often ask me if I’m essentially giving myself homework when I study languages…yes and no. They say it like it’s a bad thing- and I was one of the kids that enjoyed school and usually liked doing my homework. So yes, you do have to study and put in the work to learn a language. But also no, since you can make your studying … Continue reading Wait, if you learn languages for fun, does this mean you give yourself homework?
March 2021 seemed long while I was working through the month (probably because February was nice and short), but now that it’s over it seems like it flew by! Here’s what I’ve been up to with my language learning for the month. In general: I’ve really been cranking through my youtube queue, so I’m grateful that I made it a point to take advantage of … Continue reading Month in Review- March 2021