No language is justly studied merely as an aid to other purposes. It will in fact better serve other purposes, philological or historical, when it is studied for love, for itself.
– Tolkien, English and Welsh
I’m thinking this is true, as my Spanish and Portuguese “fluency” languishes… It’s tough to learn languages, and I like doing it. It must be harder if you hate it and only do it because someone tells you it will be useful (as thousands of Canadian schoolchildren are told each year as an explanation for why they are learning French). Knowing languages is probably a useful skill for writers too, so that the foreign phrases they insert are grammatically correct – as well as teaching us what un bon mot means. But if you don’t enjoy it, you might not get far.
Anyway, I’ve probably just hit the bottom for this semester, and that may be a reason for my lack of progress language-wise. It’s sad – I start each school year fresh off vacation and full of confidence, which always evaporates by November. But I always do survive. 🙂
4 responses to “Un Bon Mot – Language Learning is Hard…”
I think I felt the same way. I always started school with great enthusiasm which started to drain away in November. I used to live in Ohio so I took French in high school thinking it would be a good language to learn. Then, we moved to Florida where Spanish would be more practical. Oh well….Keep up your good work. It does pay off!
There’s so many languages that would be useful, and not enough time to learn them!
It’s true. Learning language improves us to write better. My Spanish is improving little by little.
That’s great! Spanish is a neat language, but learning it does take a lot of time.