Good evening, fellow WordPress fans. I hope you all are having a great Memorial Day.
While doing a bit of spring cleaning, this morning, I just happened to come across some written materials I had stashed away with the rest of my books and other junk. I looked through the notebook, which is filled with Norwegian words and phrases, and realized that I want to get back to learning the language. Just recently, I talked to an acquaintance and remembered that he really loved learning different languages. He would learn, at least, one word and phrase a day. I’ve realized that I ought to do the same.
Sure, we all have obligations and tell ourselves that we “just don’t have the time.” However, I say that we just have to make a little time. It may not be easy for everyone, but it’s worth a try. For example, if you want to learn to play an instrument, practice for twenty minutes a day. The same can be applied to learning another language or two. Sometimes we just have to have a little time for ourselves, right?
I recall the first time I decided to learn to speak Mandarin–back in 2002, maybe? I can’t remember. I did sign up for a course and I remember my being told the typical “You’re not going to China. Why are you taking that class?” Hmm. It’s probably because I just wanted to learn the language. There’s no harm in that, after all. It’s been a few years since I’ve studied Mandarin, so I’ll have to study it all over again. But that’s okay. I’ve also taught myself a few Swiss words and phrases, including Norwegian, which I’ve mentioned earlier.
The point is that one shouldn’t learn a language just for the sake of traveling. In fact, don’t let others discourage you about traveling to certain countries. We all learn a language for many reasons. Whatever the reasons are, learning a different language can be fun and good for the brain. As I’ve mentioned earlier, we just need to make a little time for ourselves, regardless of our obligations. Besides, it may just benefit you.