Learning a lnaguage comes easy to some, but hard for others. Is there an inbetween? I think I might be inbetween. I studied French in Jr. & Sr. High school so I am familiar with how to study another language, but it is not the same when you are trying to learn on your own.
The movtivation needs to be there. The support needs to be there. The practice needs to be there. The speaking needs to be there. The writing needs to be there. It just needs to be there – the language and all that goes with learning it!
So, what language am I learning? Albanian. I know what you are thinking, “That’s not a very popular language to learn. Why not Spanish or German or a lanuage that people are familiar with?” When you are in a serious dating relationship with someone who speaks the language and his family members do not speak English, you would probably learn Albanian too.
How is my progression in the language? At first I was learning words here or there, but now that his Sister is visiting, I am learning more a bit faster. She is trying to learn English, but it does not come as quickly to her as it does for me to learn Albanian.
Our goal was to learn 10 words a day. She would learn 10 Enlgish words and I would learn 10 Albanian words. I wish I could say that I have stuck with this! Life gets busy along with everything else on this journey and I have fallen from learning my 10 Albanian words a day. I need to get back on track. Sometimes I wish I could go live there for about a month or two and then I would learn so much Albanian. I wouldn’t have a choice. Unfortunately that is not the situation and I am here learning the language on my own as best as I can.
I hope that by the end of the week I can come here and tell you that I have learned 50 words. We only learn words from Mon – Fri taking a break on Sat & Sun for review and resting our minds.
Miripafshim – Goodbye
Until next time <
Update 11/11/11: I’m not learning Albanian anymore and I am no longer in the relationship that was referred to in this blog. Although, It was fun learning a bit of Albanian at the time.