Learning Something New

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.


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