Today is my day off from work and I'm trying to make it a language day. I did about 2 hours of Rosetta Stone, emptied the dishwasher in German ("two glasses, one knife, one blue plate...etc."). Now, I'm about to settle down to watch a few German films.
Spanish. I learned a little in elementary school. I have used little phrases over the years to communicate with racetrack grooms and stable hands. Now want to get fluent . I can form my ideas and speak it in sort phrases (like "where is Mrs Smiths mare ?") but can not understand it when I hear it because it is too fast for my old brain to process. So... My approach is that I am watching a lot of Mexican television and every week I get better at picking up longer phrases from sentences and sometimes whole ones. Besides ,Sabado Gigante is hilarious.
Trying to learn Spanish- very slowly. I got some DVD's from costco. I learned German in high school but it isn't very useful in my day to day life- unless I travel to Germany. It would be nice to learn Spanish because it is a very common language where I live (CA).
Chinese! I am learning through classes at my high school (an IB World School) and I am expected to be fluent by now. Too bad my teachers for the past four years have thought my class mates and I are all four.
I dabbled in Chinese for three years when I lived there, studied Czech at university for a year when I lived there and am at best dabbling in German right now. I'm working on another project, so until that is done, commitment to the language is not happening.
Frankly, in Vienna, German is nice, but not necessary.
When I was working in the lab I was picking up a bit of Mandarin. I'd taken a Mandarin class at the local community college so I can say, "Hello, how are you? What's your name? My name is Paula". But I was learning cooler things like, "I don't know" or "Where is (name)?". More conversational stuff.
I'd love to get more Mandarin.
He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).
That reminds me--I've been meaning to look into Irish classes at the Irish Center around the corner! Thanks! (:
I have been learning Italian, but let it slide for a while--we were going to go to Italy last spring but couldn't afford it, so I postponed learning it. I learned a little Japanese before we went to Japan two years ago, and would like to keep learning more.
I'm finishing up my bachelor's and needed units. I've always wanted to learn either Japanese or German and for me, I'll probably use Japanese over German. I'm finishing up my first quarter of it and I've learned enough to be able not to starve if I visited Japan. I've got two more quarters.
For me, it's a really fun language but so different from English.
Still (perpetually) learning Spanish. I can understand 80% of what people say and can make myself understood, but accurately expressing myself is still difficult.
Next up I'd like to learn French or German. French just sounds pretty, and might be easier to learn since I already know one romance language. I've met a lot of Germans in Central America and would like understand some of them!
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." ~John Wooden
Twenty years ago I was fluent in french, but no practice , hmm, not so much now. I'm pretty good in spanish, but I am trying to learn Vietnamese. Just because no Vietnamese people will even try to help me or speak to me!! So, yeah, a challenge.