Thursday, May 24, 2007
Booking Through Thursday: Parlez Vous?
Julie asks: Do you have any foreign language books and if so can you (still) read them?
My husband has three original Japanese language manga. Does that count? I might be able to make out the story from the artwork.
I may have a Spanish text book hiding somewhere. I took Spanish in high school and college, however, I never mastered the language. I was too afraid to practice orally outside of the class, which I think was my ultimate doom. When it came to the written assignments and conjugating verbs, no problem. I have since tried my hand at tapes and books, but ultimately gave up. Learning another language is not something that comes easily to me.
I often wish that language studies were more important in the United States, and that children would be encouraged to learn at a younger age. I would love to learn another language or two to the point of fluency and I admire those who have these skills.