Learning new languages

I haven’t seriously studied a foreign language in (gasp!) 19 years, but my daughter’s dive into French has again renewed my interest. I took a year of French in high school (even longer ago than 19 years…) and I didn’t like, didn’t do well in it at all. The next year, I took Spanish. I liked it so much I continued it in college. Still, it’s been 19 years since my last Spanish course. I came across this nice article not too long ago. I like the way the chart is put together. It gives an interesting perspective in terms of time required to learn.

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Words: Out with the old, in with the new.

I like words. I like learning new words and getting rid of overused words, which makes this time of year fun because the lists come out. Yesterday… this list (which I particularly liked). In the news today, is this list… so we can all add a few words to our vocabulary today. I knew most of these (it helps having a teenager). Still, some were new. I’m surprised the 5-second rule just made it onto the list. I’ve been using that (seriously!) just about since my daughter/the teenager was born.