6 In Others / General

Is it fall in love again?

Sorry, there is no (new) boyfriend, but there could be a new language in the horizon.

Well, not exactly new. My first love.

I cannot believe that after close to 13 years, my interest in Spanish is rekindling. Before Korean, my first language love was Spanish. In fact, I tried to learn it when I was about 17/18 (I think) but failed miserably. The reason was that, being the inexperienced language learner I was, I went to buy a paper dictionary, a “teach yourself Spanish” kinda book and a phrasebook. hahahaha setting up myself for failure. As expected, I couldn’t quite make head or tail of the phrasebook and the textbook was not great at explaining the basics to me. The concepts of gender in Spanish also confused the hell out of me and it felt very daunting to learn the gender of each noun. Language learning felt like a mammoth task and very soon, the books were tucked away somewhere.

Back in university, I took a basic module and I’m sorry to say that the university classes did nothing to motivate me and so after the module, it was back to the shelves again for Spanish. During my undergraduate years, I was also spending a lot of time on Korean (and later Japanese) that I didn’t have bandwidth for Spanish.

And so, Spanish remains on the to-learn list.

My love and interest for Spanish actually stemmed from a rather simple reason. 😛 I fell in love with Barcelona after seeing it featured on Meteor Garden 2 (the Taiwanese version) and I really wanted to visit. I also fell in love with Chayanne’s song Yo Te Amo, which is featured in the drama OST. It was the single most-repeated song in my playlist in my teenage years (back when iTunes was still tabulating no. of plays) and till today, I still listen to it on repeat regularly.

Yeah, that is the real story of how I fell in love with Spanish. Random, frivolous, but this is how love starts 🙂

So, back to the story of how my interest is rekindling. I happened to be re-watching something in Japanese and it was only available with Spanish subs. I love reading subs, so I found myself looking at the subs despite understanding the Japanese audio hahaha. And so, the love is rekindled. I also have an enabler, who pushed me into putting that flicker of interest into action.

I found myself starting a new notebook for Spanish.

I spent some time reading a Spanish short story. hahahah I cannot believe I just did that because this was not totally not planned. Three Little Pigs in Spanish 🙂

I realised that I love to read and one thing that excites me about language is not making new friends (sorry I’m antisocial) but rather reading more books.

Also dug out my Spanish textbook which I bought in my university years. Don’t ask me where are the first books I bought. hahaha.

I cannot believe that at one point in time, I could construct sentences in the language. Needless to say, I remember nothing now. Would I get back to the same level again?

Stay tuned. hahahha

I don’t know which direction the motivation for Spanish will go, but as usual, I’m just enjoying whatever time I get to spend with languages. My brain tells me I should just focus on Korean, Japanese and Thai. Let’s see what my heart will say. ♡

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  • Reply
    3 June, 2021 at 12:56 PM

    I love Spanish. You actually inspired me years ago, with what you said about picking up your high school Chinese again. “They taught it to us why not use and enjoy it.” I’ve slowly layered up my Spanish. I was surprised by how much I knew, you will be too. There are tons of great resources for Spanish. Off the top of my head: ‘The Spanish Dude’ on Youtube for a more common sense approach. ’31 Minutos’ on Youtube, a kids show, made by puppets for puppets. ‘Destinos’ at lernerDOTorg, a telenovela for learners, the difficulty increases, the website has some free exercises. Since you like workbooks the Practice Makes Perfect are great, lots of people keep saying the Gramatica De USO Del Espanol books are the best, completely in the target language though. Comics in Spanish, https://www.gocomics.com/comics/espanol . Classic comic books originally in Spanish, https://pepines.iib.unam.mx/ . Practice writing here: https://www.reddit.com/r/WriteStreakES/
    I hope this helps. There are so many great things out there for Spanish. Let me know if you need some ideas.

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      3 June, 2021 at 1:51 PM

      OMG THANK YOU. I was starting to google for resources for Spanish and what you have given to me is sooo helpful. Thanks for feeding me more motivation to learn Spanish ahahaha. Appreciate it much!

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    3 June, 2021 at 7:58 PM

    Thanks for sharing your story with Spanish! How exciting.

    You sure have come a long way when it comes to language study 😀

    In Spanish, gender is fairly straight-forward, compared to other languages. For example, the ending of the word often gives away its gender, and the gender stays the same whether the noun is singular or plural. You get the hang of it 🙂

    I studied Spanish for ten years in school but it only counts as five, and it’s a long time ago. Still, the language interests me and I dabble in it now and then. I’d like to get more serious about studying it too.

    Since we’re sharing some links here, these are sites I’ve come across:

    I don’t have much or any experience with these, but there are the apps WLingua for Spanish, Babbel, ConjuGato, and Mondly…

    Sometimes I wonder, do you love books and reading more or language learning? Can they even be separated..?

    • Reply
      6 June, 2021 at 12:01 PM

      Hi Anna! THANK YOUUU!! hahaha you are being such an enabler for me to learn Spanish hahahaha. Gonna check out those sites 🙂 heh on your last question, I think loving books provide more motivation for me to learn languages. Cos communication to be is clearly not a priority (hahaha say no to small talk)

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    Dina Pelino
    5 June, 2021 at 10:06 PM

    ¡Hola! I am glad that you are learning Spanish. It is a very beautiful language. To some it is not easy but you will get the hang of it. I started speaking in Spanish while growing up in Manila mainly because my grandmother was from the Basque Region and therefore she spoke both Spanish and Basque. Although my grandmother was born in Manila, she was your typical Spaniard. Sure she spoke Tagalog and English but Spanish was the spoken language at home according to my mother. I used to get correcte in the pronounciation of certain words in Spanish. If you ever decide to enroll, I can recommend Instituto de Cervates. It offers online classes. ¡Buena suerte en tu aprendizaje de español!

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      6 June, 2021 at 12:02 PM

      ¡Hola! Thanks for sharing your story! 🙂 I’m not looking for classes at this point, but will definitely keep it in mind. Thanks!

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