Recently, I have been thinking about the issue of language aptitude. As some of you might know, I’m a linguistics major and we covered this topic during one of our lessons not long ago. It seems like some people are better language learners than others (I’m talking about learning a language after you have acquired your native one) and that some people seem to have an aptitude for learning languages. My prof commented that I have this aptitude.
and I’m secretly pleased hahahahaha 😀
So, is this language aptitude (if it does exist) general or only to specific languages? Came across a post by Suddenlykorean who talks about different aptitudes for the different languages she’s learning. Pretty interesting, and it got me thinking about my own aptitude. I had a Japanese level 1 listening test today, which was a disaster. The tape was sooooo fast and I wondered how much I’ve actually absorbed :/ None of that Jap-drama watching helped ):
On the other hand, Korean listening has always been a breeze for me and I have no trouble with materials that were supposedly my standard. I think I lack the aptitude for Japanese :/
Personally, no matter how many languages I learn, none will ever take over the place Korean has in my heart. I would never find the same passion and love for another language. I don’t know how others feel, but Korean never felt like a foreign language to me. This is especially so after I have returned back from the short trip to Korea.
That’s why I envy people like Hyunwoo Sun, who is fluent in so many languages!!! >,< I can never be a polyglot.
I’m really interested in how you view the foreign languages that you are learning right now. ^^ Do share your experiences 😀