- Feb 11, 2013
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It's too bad you feel that way. I've gotten a lot of enjoyment from studying different languages. It has helped me appreciate the English language more, learn about different cultures and become more open minded. It has literally enriched my life.
I agree. I wish I had done more with studying languages when I was young. I learned Spanish in middle school and high school, and it was pretty easy for me to pick up at that time. In college I traveled in Mexico a few times, and it was great to be able to speak the language, although it was already getting rusty by that point.
When my wife and I went to Spain last year, I wanted to be able to speak some Spanish again, so I got a language-learning app called Duolingo and used that as much as I could before the trip. Even though it had been more than 30 years since my last Spanish lesson, it started to come back pretty quickly. I was very glad I had done it! Knowing some Spanish was really helpful on that trip. It was really interesting to me how much the language changes as you move across Spain. Each region has a different local dialect, and it's very obvious, even to a visitor speaking Spanish as a distant second language.
A few years before, we had gone to Italy, and I had spent a little bit of time with some recorded lessons. They weren't very good, but they taught me enough for some basic transactions. That turned out to be very fun and useful too. It's much harder to learn learn a new language now than it was in middle school, but Italian is similar enough to Spanish that it didn't seem coompltetly foreign.
Now that I have more time and money for travel, I regret not knowing at least a little bit of a few more languages.