I picked up learning Spanish again, and heavy this time. No more “half-assing” these languages. Language learning is one of my passions and I decided that I need to get as close to fluent as possible in a least one of them … other than English of course. So, here’s where I’m at. I probably have an A-2 skill in Spanish, Italian and French. A-2 is what I would consider “advanced basic”. Meaning, I can read the languages with effort, converse in basic phrases and sentences with greater effort, yet probably be ultimately understood, and have little to no chance of understanding anything being spoken back to me.
I think that this is the point where most people give up. Why I am even doing this? If I can’t have a semi-intelligent conversation with anybody, what’s the use? Well, I’ve decided to get over this hurdle and I’m going to do it in Spanish!
(This is the flag of Mexico, BTW.)
I admit that Gina is more skilled in Spanish than I am, which actually works out better for me. Plus, she’s kind of easy on the eyes …
So, here’s my plan, which I assume will go terribly wrong at some point:
- Do a least three segments of Duolingo every day.
- Read something in Spanish every day.
- Listen to something in Spanish every day.
- Speak something in Spanish every day.
- Flashcards for vocabulary.
That’s it. That’s the plan.
Oh and by the way, Gina and I may hit up a Mexican restaurant from time to time to further immerse myself in the culture.