Whether you are a casual language learner or a serious student, you will understand how your world is opened up with the acquisition of a new language. The addition of a new language, no matter your age opens the door to a whole new culture, new experiences, new friends etc…. It’s a long road, but worth the trip.
Some days I adventure without taking a single physical step outdoors. I begin by navigating the choppy waters of conjugations, conjunctions, and clauses. Then I arrive at an unknown frontier, one where I have to hack through the jungle of new vocabulary and construct a sentence that bridges the abyss from my vernacular to this new terrain: Spanish. My thoughts in this land are halting and deliberate. My ideas are simple:
—El tiene muchos libros. He has many books.
—Yo hablo ingles. I speak English.
Progress is difficult, some days impossible, and I am left struggling on the shore, repeating quiero, quería, querré for hours. I keep at it, however, a bit everyday because this landscape of language fascinates me. I have the keys to further my study of words and structures. Someday these keys will allow me to dream in this tongue. They will…
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