Since starting grad school I said goodbye to learning Japanese. Something I had worked on for about two years on and off. I had gotten to a level where I could comfortably read a good chunk of any manga aimed at teenagers without a dictionary. However, it was not something that I foresaw myself using in the future. The practicality of actually using Japanese outside of Japan, or small pockets of Japanese ex-pats, is mind-blowingly low. Like absolute zero low. 😛 So I left language studying behind, thinking I would never have any time for it with grad school and research.
As fate would have it, I’ve found myself staring at my shelf of Japanese material and even flipping through them a little. The desire to pick up Japanese again had faded, but not the wish to continue learning languages. Flash forward to today, when I read about a challenge to take six weeks and try to learn as much of a language as you could. I was intrigued! After reading up on the rules and other pesky details I decided to sign myself up.
Starting the first week of May, I’ll be studying Spanish for six weeks. It’s a language that has enormous potential for being used here in the US and in many countries abroad. Plus, I know that several residency programs prefer applicants with a knowledge of Spanish or another second language. I will be posting weekly updates once that gets rolling. I think I will be using Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) for my study materials. I’m familiar with the English book already, so that’ll help I hope. This should be an interesting little experiment. I’m excited to get back into language learning again. Wish me luck! 😀
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