If you follow me on twitter you will know that recently I decided to start learning a new language. Language is something that I have always been interested in and I just wish I had taken foreign languages more seriously in school and also been given the opportunity to learn more from a younger age. I have one on one classes and it’s so lovely to be able to get back into learning something and have an extra hobby (although I don’t actually have a lot of spare time with everything else I do!). If you’re thinking about learning a new language or haven’t been interested in it before, keep reading because you may well be afterwards!
The language I am learning is French and this is for two reasons. The first is that my tutor lives a 2 minute walk from my house which is so convenient and she only teaches French and Japanese. So I decided that French would probably be the best one to start with as I don’t have any knowledge of East Asian languages. The second reason is that I lived in Spain for two years and living near the Pyrenees close to the French border they spoke Catalan which is a mixture between French and Spanish so I also have a bit of basic background knowledge to get me going.
I decided that there are so many pros to learning a new language so even though it’s an expensive hobby it’s one that actually will be well worth it. I have two classes a week that are each an hour long and I revise from my notes in the week as well as listening to songs in French on YouTube. Sometimes if I’m lucky I will be able to persuade Rowan into watching Netflix in French too! I definitely think YouTube is one of the best resources because there is such a variety of videos on their. I have been listening to songs I know well in English by a singer who speaks French so it’s not something I don’t completely know and I really think that’s helped me with the accent and vocab.
I think that by learning another language you can do so many more things, obviously a lot of people all around the world speak English but it’s just not the same when you’re in that country! I will keep you updated on my progress but let me know if you can speak any other languages and how you learnt them!
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