Brute Neighbors (sekali) wrote in linguaphiles,
Brute Neighbors
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Introduction

Well, the community profile said introductions are welcome. I know some communities find them annoying nonetheless, so I hope this isn't one of them. :]

I'm an 18-year-old girl who has lived in the U.S. my whole life. I started taking Spanish in 8th grade so I could get my language requirement off my chest for high school. It ended up being the only subject I enjoyed in middle school and high school, and I ended up studying it for 5 years. I don't know if it makes me some kind of freak, but I love learning foreign languages. I'm trying to take it slow and focus on one at a time, but I would love to be multi-lingual some day. I hope there are people in this community who can relate.

I'm just starting college as an International Studies major because I have a hard time thinking of a useful major I could dedicate myself to studying for four years, and it seems like the best major to tie together my passion for different languages.

I've been learning Arabic through Rosetta Stone (My grandma generously bought it for me as a high school graduation gift.). It was discouraging the first couple of times I tried it, but after learning not to get upset over not understanding everything and trusting the program, I'm surprised by how easy, fun, and natural learning it has been.

I'm excited to travel if I can get the funds for it. Spain and Morocco are top on my list to help me become fluent especially in speaking. It's somewhat pathetic how bad my Spanish is for how long I've been learning it, but I think being immersed in the language should bring it all together for me. I learned it mostly by watching TV and listening to whatever Spanish talk radio I can find on the air in California, so listening is easiest for me followed by reading. Writing is more difficult, and I really can't speak it without stuttering badly or making egregious errors.
The Rosetta Stone software is really nice because I feel like it will make me well rounded in those four areas.

What languages interest you guys? Do you have any suggestions for useful or interesting ones to learn?

 

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