Sunday, 29 April 2018
A new whirl 2018.04 edition
Greetings! Back in March, I wrote my Give it a whirl post, and described my new whirl riding Santiago's airport bus and metro in Chile. I like the playfulness in the expression. Today, I'm writing about my new whirl in April and will be linking up with my blogger friend Leslie's Stepping Out of Comfort Zone series.
For those who have been reading my blog, you might know that I've been learning Spanish on my own by taking online lessons fifteen minutes daily. Initially, I started it for fun with no specific plan in mind as to when I'll be using Spanish. Then my travels took me to Costa Rica, Spain, and Chile where in each destination, I had plenty of opportunities to speak and read Spanish. I was able to converse with the local residents and even helped other travellers with transactions such as ordering meals in a restaurant, buying metro card and tickets, etc.
From these positive experiences, after my trips were over, I continue to practice Spanish daily. I don't know when I'll go to a Spanish-speaking country next but I know if I stop my lessons now, I'll lose what I've learned very quickly since there is no need for me to use Spanish where I live.
This spring, I started taking French lessons fifteen minutes daily. I had taken French courses in school so the language is not brand new to me but learning two foreign languages concurrently is. I have forgotten a lot of my French vocabulary which is now coming back. It's satisfying when I can remember a French word that I knew long ago and haven't used for a while.
Why did I choose French? Well, we're planning to visit French-speaking cities later this year. I'll have perfect opportunities to apply what I'm learning. Again, I don't know how long I'll keep taking French lessons after the trips but I know when I stop, it won't be long before I forget what I've learned.
In the mean time, the two foreign languages certainly give my brain a whirl every day, and I'm having fun learning both! No exam, no stress, simply learning for the joy of learning.
How about you? What's your new whirl? I'd love to read about it.