When I first started this blog, I already had a personal blog, and so had planned to make this a service blog where I posted articles that would help others learn about languages and linguistics.
Several times in previous posts I’ve used the term “conventional wisdom”, especially in reference to my following said wisdom and it being a negative choice.
The truth is that I’m actually angry and upset with myself. Angry that I listened to others for most of my life, and let them dictate my pursuit of my passion.
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.
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:
I haven’t posted on here in a few weeks. I apologize for that; I’ve been busy moving and working through my health struggles.
However when I started this blog I had the idea to post on a regular basis, and had settled on every Monday. I even have a weekly reminder in my Google Tasks!
I’m going to try and hold to that goal. But I think in order to do so I’m going to change the scope of the content I will write about.
A little explanation is, perhaps, in order. An explanation of what? I want to explain in this, my first post, how this blog came about. For anyone who is coming here from my personal blog Musings Along the Way, I want to share why I felt the need to create a new blog. After all, MAtW has as its tagline, “One man’s journey through life”. And it was supposed to be a blog where I could write whatever took my fancy. A way to share me, DH, with you, the reader. Which, can include posts on linguistics and things to do with language, since that is a part of me.