Wow, it’s been 4 months since my last post! So what have I been up to?
It’s been a few months, but I haven’t forgotten about this blog!
Hi all I guess it’s been about a month since I posted here. My apologies. The last few weeks I’ve been working through personal struggles.
Meera, who guest posted recently, wrote this on her blog and I wanted to share it all with you. I love how convincing she is!
Japanese is one of the languages I’m studying although I’m more at a beginner level than Meera is. But I agree with her on every single point.
As I mentioned in my other post, I’m doing a series on why you should do certain languages! And today’s language is…. Japanese! I’m trying to do mostly underrated languages (last time the language was Hindi) and this may surprise you but I consider Japanese to be an underrated language. I hear way too many times that Japanese is useless, that only nerdy “otakus” learn it (don’t even get me started on how offensive this is), that the Japanese economy is lagging, and that it is too hard and people often tell me I should learn a practical language like Spanish. Hindi and Japanese have been the two languages I got the most negative reactions to which is why I decided to do my first two postings on them. Now I have to say, I don’t have as much experience with Japanese as I do with Hindi. I have taken…
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My apologies that this is a day late.
I didn’t do as much language study as I would’ve liked to last week. The languages I worked on were Albanian, Portuguese, French, and a little bit of Albanian and Japanese.
So as I mentioned in my last post, I want to start a series where I post every Monday on my own language journey.
I’m reminded of the Staind song It’s Been Awhile.
But it has been about 2 months since my last update. Perhaps that’s the pace I will always post at – every few months or so. I might as well accept it instead of trying to post more frequently.
As I wrote in My languages & multilingual journey, part 2, my language journey over this past year is quite varied, and requires me to split the story into two posts. Herein lies the second part to the story of how I came to study 20 languages simultaneously.
At the end of July I was still focusing on 8 languages – French, Spanish, Portuguese, Tamil, German, Japanese, Norwegian, and Tagalog. At the same time, I was becoming more active on UniLang (UL).
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 want to write a little bit about each language that I’m currently studying. This was influenced by a forum I recently became active in. It’s called UniLang. It’s a site and forum for language learners. Many of the forum regulars are those who have a desire to learn multiple languages. There are also sections of the site where you can find learning resources for different languages.
I came across a thread in the forum called Languages Learner Level. I was going to post in that thread a detailed description of each language I’m learning – the level I’m at and a blurb about my learning thus far. But I decided to post it here instead; at least the blurb about each language! Here goes: