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What it’s like Loving Languages and Being Shy

Being shy was a characteristic of mine before being a language lover was; when I was a kid, I’d be too scared to order my own soda at a restaurant, and then ask my parents to do it for me, whom had already ordered the whole table water. I’d chicken out and preferred drinking water to…

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My Study Abroad Experience in Brazil

I have traveled and toured a handful of countries and during that time period I have learned a thing or two about wine and food, history and art. I’ve learned how to appreciate a place for what it is–the summative beauty of the food, the people, the landscape, the language, the lingering history as a…

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How to Learn Basic Japanese

My experience with Japanese is probably a little bit more “mixed” than most people’s. I didn’t really have to start studying it until it came to reading and writing, because I was bilingual by the time I started talking as a child. Nonetheless, I wouldn’t call Japanese a particularly easy language to learn, but hopefully…

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Spanish vs. French?!

The two most popular languages offered in high schools in the United States are Spanish and French. Going into high school as a freshman, I had to make a decision about which foreign language I wanted to take. Most of you may know the end result of which one I ended up picking (Spanish), but…

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Why My Portuguese is Better Than my Spanish: Some Advice

I studied studying Spanish long before I studied Portuguese. I studied Spanish in high school consistently for 4 years and I had friends who would talk to me in Spanish. I’ve also visited three Spanish speaking countries, and is way more accessible where I live. My first contact with Portuguese came 3 years after high…

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What I Actually Did During Winter Break

If you remember this post, I wrote about how I wanted to do things like learn Cyrillic, learn Italian or Catalan, and improve my French during my winter break. None of that actually happened, and to be honest, it’s probably because I’m extremely lazy and/or have a lack of motivation. I’m not sorry though; this…

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My Favorite Word

I’ve been asked countless times what my favorite word is, in each of my languages or out of all my languages. I’ve never had a favorite word in general, but I’ve always said the (traditional) Chinese/Japanese character of 爱 was one of my favorite written words. Being more preferencial towards writing instead of speaking, it…

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How to Not Mix Up your Languages

When people find out I’m learning multiple languages, one of the first questions they ask me is, “You don’t get confused?” Even my English professor asked me that. In front of the whole class. I may be learning multiple languages at the same time, but all my levels are different. I studied Spanish for 3…

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A Language Geek’s “Winter Break” List

I’m nearing the end of my fall semester and I don’t have any plans for an extravagant winter trip out of the country. At first, I was really not okay with sitting at home all day and not seeing more of the world (haha) but I’m slowly compiling a list of things I would like…

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How to Learn to Like a Language

Beyond high school or maybe even university, there’s a small margin of chance you’ll end up studying a language you don’t really like. Maybe you have to relocate for work, maybe you want to learn a little bit before you go traveling, maybe your significant other has a different first language…whatever it may be, you…