I have been analysing my language-learning style, and pondering things I want to do with the languages I am learning, and I think I have realised some rather fundamental things.
I learn languages to write them.
I do this because I have a hearing disorder, and perhaps I am scared of not being able to understand a foreign language, because my own language sounds like it's made up garbled rubbish a fair amount of the time.
It may be the usual terrible J-geek thing.. but I want to be able to watch Anime without subtitles.
And HKA films without subtitles.
(We'll skip over the fact that I'm starting to need subtitles for some English-Language things)
My hearing is not impaired, it is actually above average. I have an odd hearing disorder called Auditary Processing Disorder, which means my brain scrambles what comes in, especially vocal stuff, and especially, especially, if there's any background noise.
So I can't just turn stuff up.
It doesn't work that way.
I quite like the idea of being able to read and write various languages, so that's still a great motivator for me learning them, but I want to be able to understand spoken language as well, at least to the same extent that I can English, and to be able to speak languages to people as well.
Is there anyone here with a hearing disability who has learnt foreign languages, and has some kind of experience they could impart?
It's entirely possible there's someone with CAPD on here, but I won't hold my hopes up hehe.
Are there any specific learning resources for people with hearing disabilities for learning speech language?
(Oh also - accents can be a problem for me, in English I know I find it very hard to understand some foreign people speaking English. Body language is a massive thing for me, so if body language is wildly different to what I'm used to, I might misinterpret things... is there some kind of fantastic guide to body language around the world?)
I live in a community that has a lot of English speakers, a lot of Spanish speakers, and many of them (them = people from both groups) do not have the patience to endure beginning to intermediate language attempts, so the two groups are quite separate.
I have gotten to know some of the Spanish-speaking folks, and we are attempting to get together to help each other work on our non-native language efforts. So far, every meeting, we focus on a particular grammatical structure or two, we bring a written paragraph that is read and corrected, and we just talk.
So, my question is this: are there any resources for something like this? Are there any general ESL or Spanish learning resources that you would deem appropriate for such an informal attempt at improving our language skills?
Also, any suggestions for retaining one foreign language while trying to improve another? I studied Spanish for four years in high school. In college, I studied German, lived in Germany for over a year, worked VERY HARD to learn as much of it the best I could, and after that, my access to Spanish knowledge is spotty. I can read much of it, I can comprehend some of what I hear ( though, often it goes by faster than what I can grasp), but it is difficult to drag a simple sentence out of my mouth. I want to improve my Spanish, but I don't want to make my German knowledge inaccessible.
Thanks in advance!