Laughter is Catching
At school I excelled in French. But having only actually ever visited France once it didn’t prove to be too helpful, and after leaving school a grand total of twelve years ago I can hardly remember a word of it, other than to be able to confidently ask a French person when their birthday is. So when I was contacted by Rosetta Stone to learn a language this year to help with my travels it just seemed too good an opportunity to pass up. Especially with the New Year, New You mantra still (quietly) pinging around in my head.
I chose Spanish, as the class starts from beginners and my capacity for the Spanish language currently sits at “Hola! Huevos ranchos por favour!”
❝Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.❞
‒Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I’ve been doing it three days, and I’m so surprised by a) how it’s not dull at all and b) how much I retain the information I have learnt so far. The programme runs through a flash card system, says the words to you and then makes you repeat them, scoring you on the pronunciation and the stops and teaches you how to spell the words, in the right tenses. So on day three I can still tell you the sentences I have learnt, and feel confident that my mashed potato brain might even make it past the weekend without losing some new words. Hopefully.
How competent are you at learning languages? Do you speak a second language fluently?
I was gifted the subscription to Rosetta Stone but all views are my own.