On Learning Spanish

A few thoughts on learning Spanish and finally acquiring a second language:

  1. Verb conjugations are really frustrating (because there are so many of them!) but with enough practice they become second nature. Plus it’s really cool that you don’t need to explicitly state the subject, the verb does it for you. I practice my verb conjugations as much as I can with an app I downloaded for a few dollars.
  2. Learning a new language and actually using it is so satisfying! There are days when speaking Spanish makes me tired and frustrated, but just as often I am exhilarated by the pride of being able to communicate with people in a language that isn’t my own.
  3. There are things I can express in Spanish that I didn’t know I was missing in English. In Spanish there are two ways to say “I love you” one more intense than the other. I didn’t realize I was missing the intermediate step between “I like you” and “I love you” until I learned Spanish and the difference between “te quiero” and “te amo”.
  4. Learning a second language gives you more tools to understand your own. I’d never have realized the complicated relationship between adjectives, verbs, subjects, objects, adverbs… all those parts of speech… until I learned Spanish. I started to make these connections when I studied French in high school, but now I really understand on a deeper level how my own language works.

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