When I was a girl I thought it would be great to be polylingual. It was one of numerous ideas of ways to spend my life. I just like the idea of being able to communicate with more other humans.
How is it now that I am 44 years old? There is some bad news. I am still only fluent in one language. By fluent I mean that I can speak, read, write and understand like an articulate intelligent and well educated woman. My best 2nd languages are German and Spanish. I have learned at least one word in 13 languages, and not all in the same ways. Latin and French – lessons in school. Japanese – aikido dojo Japanese, and ‘aregato’ – how to say thank you, which I learned way before I ever spent time in any dojo. Dojo – a school for the body. One does do mental training there, but for Americans the truth is that instead of it being bookish there its really athletic. Dutch – on vacation. Most famous Dutch words? Fruhstuck & Kunst. Breakfast and art. Strange?
Have fun with your ability to use language today.