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. ♡