I just recently found some Spanish tutorial software I purchased years ago but never opened, so I just started learning Spanish. I suspect it's the European dialect because the speakers on the tutorial don't have the rapid fire, staccato meter of the Latin American dialect.
May the Irish hills caress you. May her lakes and rivers bless you. May the luck of the Irish enfold you. May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
Languages...I just love languages!!! Always have. Besides of German which is my first language, I speak English and French, some Spanish and a bit Italian. I'm learning Scottish Gaelic ( could turn out as a lifetime project! ) and am collecting material about certain Native American languages... I think I will not quit learning new ones as long as I will be able to do so.
"Now here's my secret", said the fox, "it is very simple. It is only with ones heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye."
("The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
"The soul would have no rainbow, if the eye had no tears." (Native American Proverb)
I speak Spanish and English. I am the only English speaker at home so I have to speak Spanish or be very frustrated. I took a year of ancient Greek in University long ago, but remember nothing of it, and I know about three words in Quiche which will serve me very well I suppose if I ever find myself in that area of Guatemala again.
Consistency. It's only a virtue if you're not a screwup.
Ita erat quando hic adveni.
Time is a great teacher, but unfortunatley it kills all its pupils. - Hector Berlioz
"No matter where you go, there you are." - R. Young
I read Ancient Greek (in my 8th semester of it) and am currently taking a course to refresh my knowledge of Latin. In my spare time, I'm working on Ancient Egyptian, Irish, and Japanese.
I love languages and thinking about how different languages relate similar concepts. I've got a thing for old/"dead" languages, part of which is probably because I want to do my part to keep them alive for another generation. Granted, there are languages in more danger of dying out, but I can only learn what I can find materials to use in learning.
Realm: Bloomington, IN, but my heart's in Scotland
English (1st language), Spanish to some degree, French to some lesser degree, Lakhota (Native American-Sioux), and I wish I had the time for Scottish Gaelic. I have the "Teach Yourself" tapes for that.....
Imagination is more important than knowledge.--Albert Einstein I Believe in Magic Last time we mixed politics with religion, people got burned at the stake... The Goddess is alive and Magick is afoot! Bagpipes spoken here
At one time or another I've learned and largely forgotten Vietnamese, French, and Spanish. I also learned enough Japanese to get by while I was in Japan--I can still translate a phrase or so for my kids when they watch Anime. At one time, I could also recognize Russian and Mandarin Chinese, but can't say I ever felt comfortable with them--mostly, all I really learned in them was comm checks. I once tried to learn German, but decided it was more than I could handle. My Swedish grandmother tried to teach me a bit of Swedish, but I can't say I remember any of it now. I'm thinking of making a stab at learning some Gaellic.
English is the only language I speak fluently. I had two years of high school Spanish (and am really surprised at how much of it I remember). I am also learning Scottish Gaelic. I've been learning it now for about 6 or 7 years, and have not progressed much farther than advanced beginner or low intermediate level! If I ever master it, I'd also like to learn Irish Gaelic, Russian, and Hebrew, as well as master Spanish! Maybe someday...
Slàn agus beannachd, Allen R. Alderman
'S i Alba tìr mo chridhe. 'S i Gàidhlig cànan m' anama. Scotland is the land of my heart. Gaelic is the language of my soul.
I took 4 years of French in high school and remember some of it! Possibly enough to get me by, but...
I was thinking of buying some tapes (or CD's) to learn Gaelic, but I'm not sure what a good program would be. Does anyone have any recommendations for a company who makes Language on Tapes? I spend about 2 1/2 hours a day in my car, so might as well put it to use!
I speak English fluently and have taken four years of high school French and am minoring in French in college. So hopefully by the time I'm out of college I'll be fluent in French as well.
To watch us irish dance is to hear our hearts speak! Life... is like a grapefruit. It's orange and squishy, and has a few pips in it, and some folks have half a one for breakfast. Douglas Adams A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water. Eleanor Roosevelt
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