Today I've been caught up in the exciting business of learning languages!
As someone who grew up in a country that has four official languages, and a household that codeswitched between 2 and sampled from 2 more in nearly every conversation, under the upbringing of mother who is a literature and language arts teacher, linguistics has always been a niche - but integral - area of my interest. We've a bookshelf at home utterly flooded with books for the learning of several languages, many of which we shall likely never learn but are utterly fascinated by. I once bought a book about Beginner's Finnish - why on earth should I ever have reason to learn Finnish? Well, anything can happen I suppose, but surely French or Mandarin ought to take precedence.
I am currently living in Spain and so learning Spanish, both as a course in my degree and as necessity; I also take German for the fun of it (strange statement, I realise). However, in my personal time, I like to explore other languages and teach them to myself.
So, what two languages am I teaching myself in my spare time?( Read more... )