idlewatcher LSU Fan Houston Member since Jan 2012 12266 posts
re: Who here has learned a 2nd language as an adult?(Posted by idlewatcher on 1/3/14 at 10:18 am to Jorts 'R Us)
Arabic.......immersion classes and travel.
Not sure where you are, but Rice has an awesome immersion class that really helps you get a grasp of the language. Plus, I was fortunate in that I was able to live in Egypt for 6 years (although I took stupid French while living there)
Mahootney Florida State Fan Lovin' My German Footprint Member since Sep 2008 5801 posts
re: Who here has learned a 2nd language as an adult?(Posted by Mahootney on 1/3/14 at 10:33 am to Jorts 'R Us)
Things you need to know....
1. Learning a language outside of a country that speaks it primarily is extremely difficult.
2. If you do not have anyone that you can speak the 2nd language with on a regular basis, you are most likely going to have a hard time acquiring/retaining that language. (Skype does help, but not as much as daily face to face).
3. The continued desire to gain proficiency in a 2nd language is directly proportional to its usefulness.
If you have friends or family that speak another language, you truly want to pick it us as a hobby, or you will have some business or personal need for it, I say go for it. However, don't waste your time or money on it if it's just a "cool" thing you want to do. It's totally not worth learning if all that's going to come of it is having a spot on a resume or dropping it in conversation on a date.
I need to learn a little Spanish. We've got three guys coming in from Mexico to work on the farm this coming year. They know very little English... I used Google translate to communicate with the one we had last year.