As humans we face some pretty challenging things every day. Moving, job changes, kids and the drama that comes along with them. But, one of the most challenging things I am experiencing right now is learning a new language.
It’s not one that would be expected.
French was the language that took up my brain cell power for fifteen years. Yeah. I took some sort of French language course from middle school right up until I finished college. Am I fluent? Nope! If you don’t use it, you lose it. At this point I can read French, could find my way to the bathroom, can understand some, but cannot just pull words out of the air or to initiate communication. However…French is not the language I’m learning.
I know you’re all at the edge of your seats at this point so I’ll I ahead and tell you.
Yep, the Cyrillic alphabet and all.
There’s a reason behind my madness. I’ll disclose it at some point. I’ve been trying to learn for a few weeks now and I’ve finally gotten the alphabet down and can sound out words. Now I have to actually learn words that I’m learning to pronounce. It’s a two and sometimes three step learning process.
So how do you learn a new language as an adult?
Find Rosetta Stone if it’s available for the language you want to learn. That’s the easiest option. Is there a Rosetta Stone for Bulgarian? Of course not.
If no Rosetta Stone is not available, look for a good textbook or some other step by step learning manual. I found a really good one for Bulgarian that is helping me learn from square one.
Find a way to talk to a native. You can run things by them.
Study a little every day. Reinforces what you’re learning and can build on the knowledge every day.
I’ll update in a couple months on my progress. Ultimately I would love to go to Europe with my boyfriend someday but I think that anyone who visits a country should be able to speak that country’s language, simply out of respect for that culture, even if the knowledge of that language is limited to “where is the bathroom.”
Here’s to hoping I can make some progress!