One of my long-term goals at this point in life is to learn Spanish. I’ve been studying it seriously since January and I’ve gotten decent at it, but nowhere close to being fluent or being able to keep up in a conversation.
The main reason behind wanting to learn (other than being half-Mexican myself) is to learn the language that my family is built upon. My grandmother passed away a little over a year ago, and she was one of the few people in my family who spoke Spanish as a first language. My goal is to learn more about the culture, learn the language, and take a trip down to Mexico in her honor.
Another reason I want to learn Spanish is because I’m sick of not being able to help somebody just because I’m a sheltered American who knows only English. As much as I am against people coming to this country and not being able to speak English, I simply cannot bring myself to ignore a large chunk of the American population that speak Spanish. I want to be able to communicate with these people.
Right now I’m taking a Rosetta Stone course in Spanish (Latin American), and also listening to a podcast called Coffee Break Spanish. Every time I watch a movie at home, I turn on Spanish sub-titles, and I’m currently only listening to Latin music and trying to sing along (thankfully there are lyrics online). I also frequent one Mexican restaurant a week and try to converse with the staff in Spanish.
Have any of you tried to learn a foreign language? What was the biggest hurdle to get over if you did?
Gracias por leyendo.