The Russian language is extremely appealing to me. I love the way it sounds and I feel like a secret agent when I speak it. The fact that it has a different alphabet seems like a good challenge for me too. Some letters in the alphabet are the same in the English alphabet as well, but some are sneaky and look the same but are completely different.
I’m also planning on learning Korean. As you may know from a previous post (click here to view), I am going to study in Seoul, South Korea for a few months next summer. This language is very important to me to learn because after I graduate from UCSD, I plan to move to South Korea to teach English for a year or two.
A great way to study languages is to go down to the basics; linguistics. This is the scientific study of the structure of languages. People learned in linguistics are known to speak multiple languages and have an easier time understanding them.
A few great books on linguistics include the following:
I also recommend Le Petit Prince by Antoine de St-Expuéry. It’s an easy-to-translate French children’s book and can help teach you some basic sentence structure. It’s one of my favorite books of all time and they’re even making a movie out of it!!
Have a reason I should learn another language? Tell me about it in the comments 🙂
Here are some other posts that I’ve made about linguistics:
Nelson Mandela said something like, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”Teach me some of your native language in the comments below!