As you can probably tell, I'm new.
And also feeling pretty awkward right now.
So, when I was getting familiarized with LJ, I saw this comm in the spotlight, and I thought "wow, that's great! A place completely dedicated to languages!" I didn't realize how dedicated. I won't lie and say I'm a linguist;I won't even lie and say that I'm really good at languages. What I am is fascinated.
I recently spent a couple of weeks in Europe, stopping in four different countries. I couldn't by any means speak any of the languages, but I could be polite and respectful. Even that small accomplishment gave me such a thrill, but it also served to show me how far I've yet to go. I saw this comm, I came, and I was scared. Everyone here seems to speak several languages, or is an active linguist/translator/skilled and intelligent individual, and I only speak one language fluently - English. Gah.
So, what, do I lurk here and bask in the lingual skills? Or do I leave and come back when I've had more than two years of French and six lessons of Pimsleur's Hungarian?
Am I even allowed to be here?