I’ve always liked languages, I remember one time around 12 years old when I find out Spanish and French where kinda related and I’ve heard some Italian at the Tv, which I knew it also was related to Spanish. So I found a book at our home study that it was in French so I thought, “well maybe I’ll be able to understand at least a sentence or a few words”.
After reading the book for only a few minutes I found out I didn’t understand a thing so I decided to stop trying.
I had a French and English teacher who was a polyglot, he knows 8 languages. So I started learning Japanese based on a recommendation he gave me since I wanted to learn Chinese.
A few years later I forgot almost completely about Japanese since I stopped taking my classes and practicing, same happened to my French. When I finished high school I stopped practicing French.
I used to watch videos Ray William Johnson’s videos at his channel over YouTube called =3, so that way I continued “practicing my English, at least my listening. But I was wasting a lot of time on purpose being kinda lazy so I found some funny videos in German with subtitles and I noticed that after a little while I already knew a few words in German so I kinda got interested and made a little research so I found Duolingo.
I thought it was pretty interesting so I chose German and started playing for a few minutes. After just around 20 minutes I noticed I was already able to understand, say, read and write some basic stuffs and I didn’t even felt it like I was studying but like a game, that made me feel motivated to continue learning.
Sadly I couldn’t continue playing too often since university got me busy all the time and basically ended up quitting. It wasn’t until almost 3 years later that I was listening to some Tedx Talks over YouTube at my phone while I was working and suddenly a video based on my likes started Playing. Breaking the language barrier | Tim Doner |TEDxTeen 2014.
I felt amazed I couldn’t believe a 17 years old was able to speak 23 languages. I thought:
– If he could do it I might be capable too.
So I started searching more videos about him, about the subject and soon I was deep in a new world, full of names like his, Luca Lampariello, Richard Simcott, Susanna Zaraysky, Benny Lewis, Moses McCormick, Steve Kaufmann etc.
I started feeling more and more into it. So as soon as I could I started studying French again, I changed my phone’s language, I watched some movies, funny videos over YouTube, tried to chat with a few people over an app I used to use back then. Only two months later I was listening to a song I just found and got surprised to notice I understood everything. I was already able to stand a conversation in French so much better even than when I was taking classes at high school.
So I got more into it, I decided to start learning Japanese again too, and was there when I decided that I wanted to be able to stand a conversation in at least 16 languages, 9 so far, I couldn’t just keep up learning only one language at the time, I got so excited about it I started learning as many and as variated as I could.
I tried out almost every single app, and website to language learning. I’ve been studying since then and I wanna keep going until I’ll get to at least 16 languages and probably I’ll continue even later. I’m not fluent in any of the languages I speak so far, but at least I’m already able to stand a conversation or make myself understand.
Just in case you are wondering don’t worry I’ll share later “how” I’ve learned what I know so far and here is my list of languages in order of how I learned them and how comfortable I feel in each one of them as the ones I’m not able to stand a conversation yet but still learning, again I’m not fluent just able to have a conversation or make myself understand:
- Spanish (Native Speaker)
- ASL (American Sign Language)
I still learning:
The hardest part of learning a new language is not to be able to speak, read or write but don’t to forget what you’ve learned so far and be able to keep on learning new things. A language, even our first language is something we won’t be able to learn completely ever. New words apear and some others stop being used.