Today is the European Day of Languages. What is the EDL? It’s a day to celebrate language diversity. As the name implies, the day is a European creation. However, here in Toronto, Canada, the EDL is also celebrated.
You can read more about it here. I first learned about the EDL last year. However I wasn’t able to attend. This year, though, I definitely plan to attend!
Since I want to utilize this blog more, and update it regularly, I think it’s time I write about my own multilingual journey over the past few months, as well as the languages I’m studying. (I initially wanted to write this as one post, but then decided to split it into two posts, due to the amount of content. This first part is quite lengthy, so be forewarned.)
Currently I’m studying 20 languages. Which languages? If you recall from My languages, I was, earlier in the year, learning French, Spanish, Portuguese, Tamil, German, and Japanese. I am still learning these six. I have added to them Korean, Norwegian, Filipino (Tagalog), Indonesian, Swedish, Italian, Hindi, Polish, Hungarian, Turkish, and Mandarin Chinese.
I read through my previous posts on here and learned a few things. Firstly, it is interesting to read the things I wrote about in the past: to see my writing style, my thoughts, who I was. I suppose this is one thing that all those who express themselves in a creative manner (be it as an amateur or professional) have the ability to do. They can read through their expressions from the past and get a sense of how they have evolved as a person.
Secondly, I learned that despite my best efforts to use and maintain a formal standard of writing and style, when I’m distracted, things slip past my attention. While going through my previous posts, I edited several grammar and vocabulary mistakes. I also play around with the style of the posts, in an effort to make each post and page look more consistent.
I’m hoping to revive this blog, Language is Life. If you follow my other blog, Musings Along the Way, you may have seen my latest post. I am closing my other blog as I am in a place where that blog is no longer needed.
However, I am also in a place where I would like to revive this blog. Lately I have been pursuing my passion for languages and linguistics more seriously. As such, I want to turn this blog into more of a place where I discuss things related to languages, and sometimes linguistics. I will probably invariably write about my own language journey. In addition, I may write about general language acquisition, or basic linguistic concepts from the point of view of an amateur linguist.